What happens to the money we give?
God provides for the ministry of Faith Tabernacle Ministry through the giving of the members. All contributions go towards fulfilling our vision.
What is a tithe?
The tithe means “tenth.” In the Old Testament, the tithe referred to God’s people giving 10 percent of their gross income, which was also called “firstfruits,” to God to fund the Levite priests’ ministry (Numbers 18:21-29; 27-30). In addition to the tithe, there were offerings required of God’s people. The mandatory Old Testament tithe resulted in over 25 percent of a family’s gross income going to God and ministry.
In the New Testament, 2 Corinthians 8-9 is the most thorough teaching on giving. It beautifully teaches that financial giving to the local church among God’s people focuses on grace, generosity, and the heart. The greater our love for Jesus, the greater our passion will be to become generous givers so more people can experience His life-transforming love, like we have. Grace inspires us to exceed Old Testament giving! When we give generously to the local church, we aren’t deciding how much of our wealth to give. We are deciding how much of God’s wealth we are keeping for our own uses.
Should I give based on pre-tax income or after-tax income?
Ever wonder what people mean when they talk about giving based on gross or net income? The most common view is that gross earnings are the amount of God’s provision, and the giving should be based on that amount. Taxes are generally considered payment for the privileges and services provided by the government. Though scripture doesn’t necessarily use the literal terms “net” or “gross,” it is important to note that the spirit in which we give is of greatest value to God. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Why do you accept debit cards?
We offer the ability to make your contribution by credit/debit card as many people use these cards as a safer alternative to cash, or choose to utilize the convenience features and reward programs offered by many cards. These cards can be a powerful and useful financial tool, as long as the balance is being paid off at the end of each statement. We do not want you to go into debt to give to FTM. We very strongly discourage anyone with a history of credit card debt from exercising this option.