Before supporting a worthy cause like growing His Kingdom, you probably have a few questions. Let's start with the most foundational questions here and if you still need to do some more investigation, we invite you to contact the Church Office.
- Why give?
- Give as a response to God’s goodness. We give out of gratefulness for what we have received. Every good and perfect gift is from above. James 1:17
- Give to focus on God as our source and security. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
- Give to share with others. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:18
- Giving is an important part of our relationship with God. In John 3:16 Jesus said “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God set the example – He gave first, He gave the best and now He gives us the opportunity to respond to Him.
- What is tithing?
The word tithe means a tenth. In the Old Testament Abraham was the first to give a tithe (or tenth) of what he had acquired back to God. There was no law at that time telling Abraham to do this – he did it because he loved God and wanted to give back to Him.
The amount of the gift was not what was important to God; it was Abraham’s heart that mattered. He willingly and gratefully gave back to God from the blessings that he was given.
Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce so your barns may be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
Tithing was not meant to be an obligation, but an invitation to give from the heart.
- Do I just need to give a tithe?
Tithing is a good place to start with giving, but you may be able to do more. Just as a small child grows from taking one or two unsteady steps to running a marathon – so God calls us to grow in our giving. In the book of Malachi chapter 3 God challenges His people to bring their gifts and in doing so to test Him to see if He will not pour out a blessing to them. God owns everything – He didn't need their gifts, but He wanted them to see that He can be trusted. Isn't our greatest fear in giving generously that we won't have enough for ourselves? God says not to worry – He has us covered.
- What about offerings?
We all are presented with opportunities to give financially to many good causes and we would encourage everyone to do so. But we encourage that giving to these causes be above and beyond your regular tithe giving.
- What is stewardship?
God calls us to be faithful stewards of all that He has given us. A steward is one who manages something that belongs to another. We recognize that God owns everything -“the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” Psalm 24:1. God graciously gives us all things and it is our responsibility to use it wisely and for good. As we prove ourselves faithful in small things He will give us more to steward.
- Can my gift make a difference?
Absolutely! Every gift matters! The world is different today because of individuals giving faithfully and generously. Every gift matters and can be used to change lives. Nothing significant in this world will happen without someone sacrificing something.
- What happens to the money we give?
God provides for the ministries of Christ The Rock through your tithes and offerings. We honor your gifts by handling them with integrity and accountability. We have implemented policies to help ensure that funds are handled properly in support of the many educational, support and outreach programs you see throughout this website. To see how funds are distributed, feel free to review our audited financial statements below.
2017 Audited Financials
If you have more questions, please check out our Giving FAQs Document, or contact the Church Office.
- Who holds the church accountable for how it manages money?
We are committed to ensuring that we handle the gifts that you sacrificially give to CTR with integrity and to honor God. We have a Stewardship Team that is made up of individuals with financial and business background that reviews the financial statements on a monthly basis. We also have established internal controls to ensure that funds are handled properly and with accountability. We also have an outside independent certified public accounting firm perform a financial audit review of our books on a yearly basis.
- How do I get a copy of my contribution statement?
In January we print contribution statements for all those that give financially to the church. To save on postage costs we have them available in the lobby for you to pick up (after two weekends we mail those that were not picked up).
If you would like instant access to your statement you can create an online account in the Login area. Creating an account gives you access to make donations to the church and to register for classes and events. When creating an account it may take 2-3 business days for you to access your information.
If you don’t have access to the internet, you can request that a current statement be mailed to you. Contact the Accounting Department at the church office at 920.730.8383.
- What is the deadline for annual contributions?
Cash donations must be postmarked by December 31 to be included in your giving statement for the year. Online donations must be initiated by December 31.