“Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 (The Message)
How many people do you know that think (or have thought) that the church just wants their money? Or maybe you’ve been to a church that is so afraid to talk about money that they never do. Money, after all, is the root of all evil… right? Well not exactly. The Bible actually says in 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Money itself is not evil, or good for that matter. Popular financial guru Dave Ramsey says that if you don’t manage your money, it will manage you. And unfortunately, a great many of us are ruled by our finances.
Many Christians are tempted to compartmentalize their time, talent, treasure, and relationships in two areas, one for themselves and one for God, forgetting that He is the owner of everything and they are the caretakers. God’s plan of stewardship goes far beyond just money and stretches into every area of our lives. But when we take control of our money (or rather give God control of our money) and use it as God intended, most of the time the rest of our life will follow suit. At The Bridge we want to encourage everyone to live generously in every area of their lives and wholeheartedly give themselves to Christ. And to passionately commit their goods, skills, talents and gifts to making a difference in the world. They, in turn, will find lasting peace and joy where God is able to do immeasurably more than they could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I tithe my gross earnings or the net amount of my paycheck?
Scripture doesn’t use the terms “net” or “gross” when it comes to giving. What is most important, however, is the spirit in which we give. God tells us in 2 Corinthians 9 that “each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Here’s a thought… ask God which you should amount you should tithe on, after all, it’s His money anyway.
What if I’m afraid that I won’t have enough money to tithe?
Giving 10% of your income to your church can be a big — and often frightening – commitment! But the Bible tells us to honor Him with our first fruits and our blessings will be overflowing! Trust God and seek His guidance in how much you should give, and he will honor your faithfulness and obedience.
Why does The Bridge accept credit card donations?
We realize that many people use credit cards and/or debit cards today as they would checks or cash. We therefore accept credit and debit cards as an option for tithing or special giving. HOWEVER, we strongly discourage anyone from giving any amount on a credit card in which the balance is not paid in full each month.
Does The Bridge commit a “tithe” of its financial resources to missions like some churches do?
Yes! We currently give over 11% of our income to Global Missions, Nazarene Universities, Oregon Pacific District Ministries, and local ministries.
Can I designate a gift for a specific need or ministry?
Each of the ministries of The Bridge operates within an annual budget that is reviewed and approved by church leadership. Therefore, we do not accept ministry-specific tithes. However, because we understand that God often leads people to give over and above their tithes, we have designated areas to which additional gifts may be allocated. Some of these areas include Compassionate Ministries, Missions, Property Development, and our Children’s Theater Company.
Is financial information about The Bridge available to members?
Yes! We report everything we do to our District Office and all of our finances are audited annually. All financial statements as well as information about stewardship is available by talking to one of our Board members.
What is the governing structure of The Bridge?
Our structure consists of a local leadership team, a District Oregon Church of the Nazarene Advisory Board, and the General Church of the Nazarene. For more information about the Church of the Nazarene go to www.nazarene.org.