Tithes, Offerings and Gifts
Tithes: A tithe is defined as a “tenth part” in the Old Testament, the “first fruit,” recognizing God as your prosperity. In the New Testament, there is no command to submit to a legalistic tithe system because when Christ died he fulfilled the requirements of the Law. Therefore, our gifts (monetary and ourselves) are freely and cheerfully given in generosity.
Offerings: Supports the ministry budget (Personnel, buildings & grounds, Missions, deacons, programs). We encourage everyone to regularly give to the church, either weekly or monthly. Regular gifts are important for the church for its budgetary responsibility, but it is more important for the giver in order to establish spiritual habits.
Gifts: Gifts given over and above your offerings, as God has prospered you either directly or indirectly.
Direct gifts are those that you give directly to the church from your assets such as cash, stocks (that you own), an endowment, through a will and bequest, giving a vehicle or real estate that is in your name, etc.
Indirect gifts are those things that are transferred to the church or a foundation that benefits the church from such as a Personal trust, 401k, 403B or IRA.