CAN I JUST GIVE MY TITHE TO THE CAMPAIGN?
That’s a great question! If an individual is not tithing yet, we encourage them to start doing so faithfully.
If an individual is already tithing, we encourage them to continue tithing to the operating budget (because we still have weekly and monthly expenses that have to be paid), and consider giving sacrificially over and above the tithe to the building fund.
This way we don’t shrink our day to day, while trying to accomplish the goals of the campaign.
ARE THE FUNDS ONLY GOING TO BE USED FOR THE NEW BUILDING PROJECT?
Yes; except for a tithe of $25,000, which will go to benevolence and ministry outside the walls of our church.
WHEN WILL WE GET TO SEE THE NEW SPACE?
You are welcome to drive by and see the space any time you would like (320 Gravios Rd., Fenton, MO 63026), as long as you remember it isn’t finished just yet.
The owner is going to be doing a lot of renovations both to the inside and the outside of the building. In terms of going inside, we do not have a date just yet for any tours of the building.
Hopefully, once some substantial work is done on the inside, we can set up some building tours for people to see our new space.
WHEN ARE WE MOVING INTO THE NEW SPACE?
As soon as possible. It will be after the first of the year. Probably February or March, 2018.
HOW SHOULD I DECIDE HOW MUCH TO GIVE?
There are multiple ways to answer this question. The simple answer is found in 2 Corinthians 9:7: "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
The more detailed answer is, every believer should start by honoring God with the firstfruits of their labor through tithing. This is 10% of one’s income. If you aren’t currently tithing, we encourage you to start practicing this important spiritual discipline.
This amount should go to the operating budget first, then as the LORD blesses you, feel free to contribute sacrificial offerings to the building fund.
If you are tithing, we would encourage you to ask God in prayer for a number or amount, and when he gives you that number, give cheerfully and with gusto!
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO GIVE?
Absolutely! In addition to giving financially, we are prepared to accept annuities, stock, bonds, etc.
We also have created a list of items that people can buy on behalf of the church (see next question). As we get closer, we will need people to give their time as well.
Finally, you can pray for God’s favor and blessings on your church as we work to accomplish the mission of Jesus.
CAN I BUY SPECIFIC ITEMS FOR THE BUILDING?
Yes! We have put together a list of items that people can purchase on behalf of the church to help us outfit our new space. Simply click on this link, fill out the digital form, and we will send you the list.
WHAT IF I CAN'T GIVE FINANCIALLY RIGHT NOW?
We understand that there are seasons when people are unable to give. Perhaps you are in debt to the point that you have no income available to give.
We would encourage you to take this season and dedicate yourself to developing a plan to get free of the bondage of debt.
As a church, we have help for people interested in getting free financially. You can start telling your money what to do, rather than your money telling you what to do. Simply send an email to help@elevationSTL.com.
Perhaps you aren’t currently employed; if this is the case, then we understand that you don’t have any income and aren't able to make a financial commitment right now.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TITHING, STEWARDSHIP, AND GENEROSITY?
Also, one of the best books on this subject is "The Blessed Life" by Robert Morris.
We also offer an eGroup on financial freedom called Freed Up.
Any of these resources will be helpful to you as you prayerfully considere how to honor God in your finances.