“But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
We believe the Biblical perspective on stewardship is that everything we have (money, time and possessions) and everything we are (gifts, talents and wisdom) are a stewardship from God. He owns us and all we have. Our role is to manage what we have been entrusted with according to His desires.
While our thoughts on stewardship usually go to finances, there is much more to biblical stewardship than just dollars and cents. Your time and talents have a value to the kingdom. Your possessions…homes, transportation, businesses…can be used to further the kingdom of God. Your intangible assets of influence, relationships and knowledge are all gifts from God and have worth to the mission of the church. If you would like to know non-financial you can give back, take time to read the information under the SERVE and MISSIONS tabs.
The Bible has much to say about money because it is so central to our lives and can be a source of such great blessing or great oppression, depending on how we understand and apply it. There are many worthwhile causes, charities and needs that require financial help and we hope that you will be generous when able and directed by God to do so. While we do not presume to tell you where to give your charitable gifts, we do know that God has given some very clear directives in His Word concerning your support of the local church and the work of the kingdom of God through your regular tithe and offerings.
What is a tithe and offering and how are they used by the church?
The word tithe literally means one tenth. Generally understood, the principle of tithing is cheerfully giving one tenth of your income to the work of God through the local church. The principle of tithing is taught throughout the Scriptures and is an important part of enabling the Gospel to continue going out into the community and to the ends of the earth. Many believers will choose to give more than ten percent as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Practically, the tithe funds the ongoing ministry of the church. Each year, the church develops and approves a ministry budget including ministry costs, operational costs, and personnel costs. The tithe of the church is designed to meet those budgetary needs.
An offering is a gift above and beyond the tithe. While tithing is a spiritual discipline, an offering may be given for a specific need and for a specific time period. Offerings are not typically designated to meet regular budgeted expenses but instead fund special projects or initiatives.
Whether tithing or tithing and giving an offering, Scripture indicates that we should give cheerfully and generously! Christ-followers recognize that all we have is truly God’s and we are stewards of His resources.
Where your gifts go
Tithes and offerings directly help FBC Skiatook to glorify God by making disciples, equipping families, and serving the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our passion for gospel transformation begins in the local area and extends to Oklahoma, the United States and places around the world.
Annually, the staff in cooperation with the Finance Team create a ministry budget for the church. Once finalized and approved, church members have the opportunity to evaluate the budget and ask questions. At an appointed time following the Q&A, the church body votes to approve the budget. Once approved, ministry staff are required to oversee the budgeted amounts in each ministry area. Business meetings are held quarterly and are open to the church body and include up-to-date financial reports regarding income and expenditures.
FBC Skiatook has multiple layers of financial accountability in place and employs or enlists experienced accounting professionals to handle all funds received and expenditures paid.
How can I give back financially?
There are several avenues for giving.
- At regular meeting times through your small group or the offering plate, envelopes are available to help you accurately record the intent of your gift.
- On line giving is available through Easy Tithe. Simply click the ONLINE GIVING tab and follow the instructions to set up your online password.
- Many choose to use a payroll deduction plan or their bank’s online bill payment system.
- Gifts can be mailed to the church office or dropped by the church office during regular office hours.
With all of the methods above, we can provide you an annual record of your charitable giving for your tax records.