Why Do We Give?
Because We're Thankful
We believe the best giving comes from a heart of gratitude and appreciation for all that God has done and continues to do in our lives. No one is obligated to give - but generous living creates in us a cheerful heart filled with thankfulness for all God has given to us.
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Because We Trust God
Money often causes problems. Sometimes we don't have enough of it; other times, everyone seems to want the money we do have. When we choose to give generously, we say, in effect, that we trust God to take care of us. Giving reminds us that He is our provider – not our job, not an investment, not even our ability to earn an income.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24
Because It's His Anyway
Throughout the Bible, we see that all things belong to God. You and I do not own anything - which is why it all becomes someone else’s when we die. Instead, we are managers responsible for wisely utilizing all His resources. The Old Testament describes giving a tenth of land, animals, and all things valuable back to God as a way of remembering that everything good comes from Him in the first place.
“Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30
Do I Have to Give a Tithe?
Throughout the Old Testament, a tithe (10%) is required as the minimum standard of giving. In the New Testament, no specific amount is stated. Instead, the people of God are regularly reminded to practice generosity, often selling everything in order to serve others.
While we encourage people to create a habit of giving at least ten percent, practice generosity at any level that will stretch you.
What if I Cannot Afford to Give?
Our country faces a great financial crisis. Many Americans are burdened with debt, buried in bills, and live paycheck to paycheck. As a result, giving often feels like a wish for the future or an impossible challenge.
Whether your financial mess is the result of previous mistakes or unforeseen circumstances, we want to help. With a little bit of information and a whole lot of encouragement, there is hope for your financial future. Ask about upcoming money management classes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I Ask Questions About The Point's Finances?
Absolutely. We believe in open communication! We would love to talk with you more about giving, our church budget, or even the practices and philosophies that guide our decision making.
Ask the Finance Team your questions at email@example.com.
Is My Gift Tax-Deductible?
It sure is! Your donation (as well as the online convenience fee) is tax-deductible. You will receive a statement at the end of the year detailing your giving. You can also download this information by logging into your Nucleus Giving account at any time.
Why Am I Being Charged a Convenience Fee?
Most of us prefer the simplicity of electronic giving. But did you know it's expensive for the church to accept gifts online? That’s why we chose Nucleus Giving as our online giving platform. They never take a cut of any gift you give, have negotiated the lowest market rates for our church, and together with your help, make sure all the convenience costs of digital giving are completely covered. In this way, 100% of your intended gift always goes directly to The Point.
Helpful Tip: Use the ACH option to process your donation for only $0.25 — no matter the size of your gift! If you prefer giving with your debit or credit card, don't worry too much because the convenience fee is also tax-deductible.
Is Online Giving Secure?
Absolutely! For three reasons:
1. Our giving platform uses 256-bit encryption (which is the same level as every major bank) and our GivingFlows use secure tokens to protect your information. Translation: Nucleus Giving is compliant with the strictest standards governing the processing of electronic payments.
2. When you sign into your bank account using Plaid, you’ll take advantage of their secure system (trusted by JPMorgan Chase, Citi, American Express, Venmo, and more). Don’t worry, your bank credentials will never be made accessible to us at The Point or to any other linked applications. Learn more about Plaid here.
3. Electronic giving is often MORE secure than giving via check as checks have account numbers and routing numbers printed directly on them for all to see.
How Do I Give in Other Ways?
I want to give more than money
We love your generous heart! We want to help you give your time and unique talents to people both inside and outside of the church.
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