We serve a God who is lavish in His generosity. So when we consider the spirit and motive of giving, we should pause and consider the model we find in our Triune God. The Father freely gave us His Son, freeing us from the enslavement of sin and death. The Son freely came and laid down His life, bringing us into the household of God. The Spirit freely poured out Himself upon us, sealing us until the day of our full redemption. Therefore, when we give, it should be motivated and modeled after what God has first done for us.
The Apostle Paul says that Christians don’t have an option when it comes to financially supporting the work that Christ is doing in His Church. However, rather than merely commanding Christians to give, Paul reminds us that giving is to be done freely and even cheerfully. So how is this done?
First, we must grasp the vastness of God’s grace toward us. When we do this, we are free to give in such a way that reflects that grace. Second, we must remember the words of our Lord in Matthew 6— we only lose that which we keep. By keeping Kingdom work in the forefront, we lose nothing invested for the extension of His Kingdom. Third, the Apostle John tells us in 3 John that those who financially support others, specifically, preachers and missionaries, are likewise fully sharing in that work. As a result, we give so we can be part of the worldwide work of Jesus in bringing many sons and daughters to glory.
Frequently Asked Questions
When I give to Missio Dei, where does the money go?
Simply put, mission takes money. Your generosity makes mission and discipleship happen. Every dollar you contribute fuels the preaching of the Word, equipping of the saints, overseas missionaries, and church planters locally and abroad. It also covers our operating expenses (like heat and water, kids curriculum, and coffee) and staffing needs.
Should I give based on my pre-tax or after-tax income?
The Bible doesn’t use terms like “net” or “gross.” Our first counsel is to consider the grace shown to you by your heavenly Father and give in light of that. We also find it helpful to establish a percentage rather than an amount. This allows you to give in a consistent way, whether the Lord gives you increase or decrease over time.
How can I give?
Giving at Missio Dei is simple and secure. There are several different options. Our first suggestion is to set up a regular gift through our app, or you can use the secure online portal (above). Setting up an ongoing gift through the app takes a forgetful mind out of the equation. You can also give with cash or check at any of our gatherings. Depending on where you worship there will be an opportunity to give through a secure receptacle, or a plate that is passed during singing.
What if I don’t have enough money to tithe?
For a new Christian, giving to your church can be a daunting commitment! However, like everything else a Christian does, it is a reflection of worship and thanksgiving. It is also one of the ways we learn to obey our Father in a manner that requires trust. We all must learn to trust that God is faithful to provide and does not punish obedience to Him. If you are unsure how much to give, we recommend 10% as a good starting place.
What are the guidelines for financial integrity at Missio Dei?
The pastors/elders of Missio Dei oversee and lead the church in the management and use of our finances. They are assisted by our Treasurer who is a CPA. The Elders review and analyze regular budgets and financial statements in an effort to support the mission of Missio Dei. These men are tasked to ensure that adequate controls are in place to safeguard the church’s financial resources, protect the reputation of the church, and be utterly transparent with Missio Dei’s financial practices. This means our books are open for inspection by any member of the church at any time. We maintain strict confidentiality about our donors and do not sell or publish this information.
How can I track my giving for tax purposes?
Year-end Giving Statements will be sent to every donor each year by January 31. These statements will be delivered via email or postal mail. They comply with all State and Federal guidelines.