We believe giving
(And there are two ways we should do it.)
Structured giving—or tithing—is well thought out, consistent weekly or monthly giving that we base on a percentage of our income, usually around 10%. It is not an affordability issue (i.e. We’ll give something after all the bills are paid.). We prioritize this as the first thing we do with our money.
According to Scripture, the core issue that structured giving addresses is trust and control.
Here’s the question at the heart of structured giving: “God, will 90% of my money go farther than me controlling 100% as I trust you and put you first?”
Spontaneous giving is finding creative ways to be generous as God brings opportunities. We may find ways to bless friends, neighbors, the poor, missionaries, projects, or other people in need. This goes above and beyond structured giving.
According to Scripture, the core issue that structured giving addresses is sacrifice and generosity.
Our freedom in Jesus allows us to give generously and bless those around us as God’s Spirit leads. We get the joy of partnering with God and his unending provision as we give to people in need. (Exodus 25:2, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
Here’s the question at the heart of spontaneous giving: “God, where are you prompting me to help meet the needs of those around me as I seek to be generous and sacrificial with my money?”
How to Give:
Grace Gathering has never had a breach of ethical integrity with finances, and we have many checks and balances in place to ensure financial accountability. A yearly budget and expense report is made available to every person in the church, and the elders make decisions on how all funds are spent in areas of missions, staffing, building, and ministries to both our church family and outside community. Grace Gathering is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all your donations are tax deductible as long as no goods or services have been received (i.e. room rental, class fee, etc.).