Why We Give
Giving is an an act of worship and obedience from a heart surrendered to Christ ... a choice we make to follow God's instruction for us. Pastor Justin reminds us often that the Lord wants us to give from our hearts. God always honors and blesses obedience, we don't give to get. We give out of our need to act on our faith. God uses those resources for His glory and to further His Kingdom.
What's the difference between "tithes" and "offerings?"
God calls each of us to give 10% of our “first fruits” to the “storehouse”…to the church we’ve been called to serve. Our tithes help to create the quality environment, ministries, and discipleship tools we all enjoy. Congdon Street also believes that our church, as one body of believers, is called to tithe.
Occasionally, God calls us to make sacrificial offerings above our tithe. These offerings are usually designated to a specific capital steward campaign, ministry or outreach, or perhaps to help meet the needs of a specific person. In addition to those needs being met, your obedient generosity many times also increases the faith of the recipient!