Your above and beyond offerings will go toward expanding God's Kingdom here & beyond with things like providing Christian counseling scholarships for those in need, launching at least one additional CE campus, campus improvements, investing in the next generation, supporting a church plant in Miami, and building our Compassion Fund to serve our cities and further help people in need!
Your above and beyond offerings will help the campus you designate to purchase a building/land or renovate/improve the building they use. Please designate which campus building fund you are supporting in the notes/memo line of your online gift (or physical check). Undesignated gifts to the Building Fund will be invested into campus(es) as determined by CE leadership.
God is a giver. He gives us everything from the food we eat to the love we experience in His presence. Ultimately, He gave us Jesus as His greatest gift which opens the way to complete forgiveness and eternal life. Modeling this same spirit of generosity is one of the ways we worship God. As we become more like Him, we will grow in our giving and one of the primary ways we do this is through returning our tithes and offerings to God with a cheerful and grateful heart!
"A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord" (Leviticus 27:30). We are managers, not owners, of what God has entrusted to us. Therefore, tithing is bringing back to God what is His.
A tithe is a mathematical term and literally means 10%. The principle of first instructs us to bring the tithe first, not from what is left over. The Bible says, "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine" (Proverbs 3:9-10).
When you tithe, you're trusting God with your finances. "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,"' says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" (Malachi 3:10).
Jesus said that the tithe should not be neglected. "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices - mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former" (Matthew 23:23).
We consider our giving that is over and above 10% as an offering to God. Tithes and offerings received at Church Experience fund the mission, vision, and activities of our church family! As God's people are faithful, His Church is fruitful in advancing the Gospel!
We encourage people to give their "tithes" to God through "Church Experience" and give any above and beyond "offerings" through their choice of fund(s) above. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations. Over time, the purpose of the following funds may need to change or become eliminated. In that case, unused funds will be redirected to a Church Experience ministry investment with a similar purpose. Year-end giving statements will be mailed to your address on file by January 31 annually. If you have any questions, please contact our Finance Manager at: email@example.com
Do you have a stock/mutual fund type investment that has appreciated in value? Donate an appreciated investment for potential double advantage by possibly saving on capital gains taxes and also receiving charitable giving credit for the value of the investment at the time of sale/transfer to Church Experience. If this may be of interest to you, please contact our Finance Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Church Experience at: 727.304.5855
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