How Is Your Money Used?
It goes into the General Fund that pays for everything from staff salaries to all the various ministries (kids, teens, adult, worship, caring, hospitality, etc.) to facility expenses to our work (missions) throughout the world. This General Fund is presented in budget format to the congregation at our Annual Meeting each May.
Yes, there are occasionally special fund drives that are undertaken for special needs and opportunities. There is also a designated “benevolence fund” that goes to help those in our church family who are in need of temporary assistance.
No single person is allowed to count or handle the money alone. A detailed system of accountability is built into the collection and deposit of the money. We also follow strict budgetary policies and have a regular audit done. No pastoral staff member has any access to writing checks or making withdrawals from the church’s checking or savings account.
Over 10% is invested in highly screened Christian ministries and missions organizations throughout the world. For a list of our missions work, click here.
The teaching of the Bible is that you are to give sacrificially, cheerfully, regularly, and proportionately. The benchmark we strive for is “the tithe,” which is a tenth of our income given back to God. We believe this is a good goal. No one will come to your door hounding you for money. And, the only ones who will know what you give are our financial treasurer and assistant treasurer.
Absolutely. Copies are available in a document called The Annual Report and are available by contacting the church office. You may also field any questions to the Board of Elders or the Church Treasurer. Call the office for contact information (651-294-7700).