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Giving to Valley Church
At Valley Church we believe giving is one way we can respond to God in worship. Worshipping through giving of our money, like worshipping though prayer, song, service, etc., should not be done reluctantly but joyfully. That joy in worshipping and giving is founded in the good news of the Gospel. On this page you will find more information on Biblical giving, as well as specific ways to give to Valley Church.
What is a tithe?
Both the Hebrew and Greek words for tithe mean “a tenth.” Leviticus 27:30 says, “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.”
In the New Testament Jesus comes and frees us from the rigors of the Old Testament Law by offering us a relationship with Him. Even though we are free from specific requirements of this Law, the basic concepts all appear in the New Testament. Additionally, tithing began before the Law, as Abraham tithed to Melchizedek in Genesis 14, and Jacob promised to give a tenth of all God's provision back to God in Genesis 28. Giving appears throughout the New Testament as something that is important and should be done joyfully.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 reads, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
When we tithe today, we honor a principle and plan of God that sustained the ministry in the Old Testament and provided for most of the New Testament ministry as well.
(For a terrific, thorough address on the topic of giving and money, check out John Piper’s sermon “Toward the Tithe and Beyond,” Sept.10, 1995, which can be found here.)
If I give to Valley Church, what is my money used for?
Tithes and offerings are used to manage the day-to-day operations of Valley Church as well as provide salaries for staff and contribute towards community events. If you would ever like to see a copy of our fiscal budget, please contact us to set up an appointment.
How can I give?
At Valley Church, we have an offering basket located on our info table where you can place your gift. If you would like a record of your giving, please give by check or label your cash using an envelope. You can also mail your tithes and offerings to our post office box.
Why does Valley Church not utilize online giving?
While online giving is useful and convenient for many, a percentage of your gift is taken by third party companies to direct those transactions. In order to be the best possible stewards of your gifts, we have chosen to do without online giving; however, many banks have free bill pay features, and we encourage you to set up a recurring tithe or one-time offering through your bank. By doing this, your entire gift will go toward the purpose you intend. Be sure to use our mailing address when setting up online giving through your bank.
Valley Church is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. You will receive an annual giving statement from us by January 31 for yearly giving amounts greater than $100.
How can I contribute to staff members’ fundraising?
Because Valley Church is a new church plant and not self-sustaining, staff members are required to raise support for their salaries. Valley Church does provide a portion of each staff member’s salary from tithes and offerings, but each employee must raise the remaining amount through fundraising. To give to Ryan McCullah follow the same methods outlined in the “How Can I Give” section and include the staff member’s name in the memo line. Most banks’ online bill pay features have an option to add a memo or invoice. If not, please drop us a note about your contribution by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a few bank online bill-pay registration links:
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