What can I cheerfully give toward ministry? 
2 Cor. 9:7 says: Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. In thinking about this as a leadership team we have reminded ourselves that in essence we are not giving toward a building--we are giving for the ministry that will happen in that building over the lifetime of our church. All the people saved and discipled, all the worship, all the baptisms, all the healing and good that has happened in our current buildings will continue to happen and even be expanded upon in the new facility. In order for this project to move forward, every member and attender will need to be involved!

Commit to Tithe: The Old Testament tithe was likely about 23% of an Israelite’s income--two different 10% tithes and a 3 year tithe (See Num. 18:21-26, Deut. 14:22-27, 28-29) That’s a lot! Yet New Testament giving is actually more! God wants you to give Him everything, all that you are, all that you have is His. We are merely stewards, God is the owner.

 

But both Crown Ministries and Financial Peace University have challenged us that giving 10% of a person’s income is a great place for the believer to start. Person after person in our body will tell you that when they have trusted God by giving, He has supplied more than enough for all of their needs. We as a church tithe more than 10% of our annual budget to missions both local and foreign. Yet very few people actually trust God in this area. They struggle to believe that if they give toward His work, He will provide for their needs. The NT teaches something that is contrary to our worldly logic. It teaches that God supplies for His ministry and that when we give toward His work, He actually provides more for us, so that we can give more toward His Work. We actually become conduits of God’s blessing. (See 2
Corinthians 9:6-15).

 

Sacrificial Giving: Is there something you are currently spending money on that you can give up over the next years to sacrifice toward our ministry? Some examples are: give up cable TV, give up eating out as a family once a week or give up your daily latte. Plan a “stay-cation” in our beautiful state instead of a costly vacation. Can you brainstorm other ways you can sacrifice in order to give?

 

Sell Something: Do you own something that you don’t use, something that has value that you do not need or is simply gathering dust? Take the opportunity to sell it and invest it in future ministry!

 

Give Part of a Windfall: Has God provided you with a unique opportunity to give? Perhaps you are able to live well below your means or you have sold a business or received an inheritance. These provisions have given you a unique opportunity to make this project a reality.