Why should I give and what do you mean by tithes & offerings?
In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
As Christ Followers, we believe that we are to follow God's command regarding tithing. “Tithe” means “tenth” or 10 percent. 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 Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
At LifePark, we believe that we are mere stewards of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God's to God (and He lets us keep the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness.
What are my options for giving at the The Church at Lifepark?
- Sunday offering time
- Giving Online
- Giving through Text or Mobile App
- Giving by mail
- Auto Draft
- Gifts of Assets
Can I give online? Is it safe?
Yes! Online giving is an easy, secure, and quick way to give one time or set up a recurring gift. Simply click here to be directed to our online giving form. We take our fiduciary responsibility seriously and want to steward well your generous contributions.
All gifts made to LifePark are held in the strictest confidence. For giving online, we use third-party vendors who are secure and PCI compliant. This is a worldwide information security standard, assessed annually, signifying that increased security measures such as secured servers and encrypted data are in use in order to protect your personal information.
Are my gifts tax-deductible?
Yes. Your gifts are tax-deductible. You'll receive a contribution statement after the close of the calendar year.
How do I get a giving statement or year-end receipt?
If you make a gift online, you'll immediately receive a receipt via email. You will also be able to retrieve a giving statement any time through the account you created when making a gift through our online form.
For all other gifts, we mail annual giving statements. If you have moved or had a name change, please email us your full name, former address, new address and phone number to Teresa Holder so that we can ensure our records are up to date. To request a giving statement, please contact our Director of Finance, Teresa Holder.
How will the money I give be used?
Your gifts are used to support our operating budget, which includes our ministry programs, missions and benevolence giving. These funds are managed and stewarded faithfully by our leadership team and elders and then approved through a vote by church members. Gifts designated for specific funds like the building campaign will go towards such.
I still have a question, who should I contact?
We'd love to answer any questions you still have. You can reach our Director of Finance, Teresa Holder by phone at 843.654.7600x25 or simply send her an email.