What does the Bible say about financial giving?
Financial giving is an act of faith and worship to Jesus Christ. The Bible makes it clear that every believer in every church should give financially according to 1 Corinthians 16:1–2. The Bible also tells us that we should give regularly and consistently in proportion to what we earn. Therefore, financial giving is a vital part of our spiritual growth and development.
Giving is an active expression of our faith. It recognizes God as our True Provider. It demonstrates our confidence in His ability to supply all we need and is an act of gratitude and dependence.
The Bible says to bring all the tithes into the storehouse and I (God) will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in (Malachi 3:10). Through our giving, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us, while He blesses us beyond what we can imagine.
Options for giving to Immanuel Baptist Church include:
- using the offering plate in worship services,
- giving in Sunday school classes,
- mailing contributions to the church office,
- bringing them to the church office, or
- giving online.
Immanuel Baptist Church offers online giving as a convenience for those that do most of their banking online and allows for a specific dollar amount to be automatically deducted from a checking or savings account. You can set this up as a one-time or recurring gift. Online giving is not only easy, but safe and secure.
Users of online giving set up and control their online giving options themselves. These options include: amount, frequency, and designation to either “general offering” or “20/20 Vision – I Love My Church.” Giving history may be tracked online and is tax deductible. Donations may be made using any bank card.
To set-up your account and begin giving online or to manage your account, click here.
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7
Planned Giving (Estate Planning)
For over 80 years, Immanuel Baptist Church (IBC) has served as a spiritual home, a place of worship and a place to create, inspire, fund, and carry out good works. As you have given generously to God throughout your life, consider making a planned gift to IBC. In addition to supporting this ministry, planned gifts are a unique way to express your personal values, continue the stewardship of your life, and leave a lasting impact on the lives of others. Leaving a planned gift to your church reminds the next generation of your enduring faith and beliefs. There is no better time than right now to begin.
What happens to the money we give?
God provides for the ministry of Immanuel Baptist Church through your tithes and offerings. We also use the offerings to support other ministries locally and globally.
We honor your gifts with faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability so that the financial integrity of IBC remains beyond reproach.
As members of IBC, many of the blessings we enjoy today are the products of dedication on the part of those before us who were not content with the status quo. Instead, they were committed to leaving future generations a rich inheritance on which to build.
We, too, have the opportunity to leave a legacy to our church through our estate planning. Estate planning is sometimes referred to as “planned giving” or “deferred giving.” The objectives of estate planning are to:
- Conserve estate assets for yourself and for those you love
- Bypass capital gains taxes
- Reduce current income taxes
- Reduce federal estate taxes
- Increase current income
As Christians and members of Immanuel, our interest in estate planning goes beyond efforts to save or reduce taxes, although this is one legitimate objective. An important part of our Christian heritage in America is that we are provided opportunities for making gifts to charitable causes. Your gift through careful estate planning can continue to support our church and other Christian causes even after death.
There are several legacy giving arrangements that will help you maximize your personal benefits and accomplish your charitable giving goals. Each legacy giving arrangement can be structured to suit your individual situation.
Will – a gift to IBC may be made in your will.
Lifetime Gift – a gift where the donor receives a lifetime benefit, such as a charitable gift annuity.
Outright Gift – a gift which benefits the donor with income tax savings for the current year, such as cash, real estate, stock or life insurance.
Want to know more about making a lifetime gift, an outright gift, or a will?
Please contact our church office and we can put you in contact with someone who can assist you with these important decisions.