1. How does BVCC view giving amounts?
Under the Old Testament Law, the Israelites were commanded to give a tithe – 10% of their earnings. The teaching of the Apostle Paul in the New Testament, suggests a similar, but voluntary manner of giving.
I Corinthians 16:1-2 Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
When making any giving decision, BVCC believes that guilt should not be a driving force.
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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
2. How does BVCC arrive at an annual budget?
Every November, the BVCC congregation reviews and votes on the proposed budget. Currently, $850,000 is needed annually to cultivate the health and vitality of our outreach to local and global communities. A faith-filled budget propels the church to be the church to a hurting world in need of Jesus Christ.
3. How do I keep track of my giving?
An annual giving statement will be sent in mid-January via email with a summary of all gifts made to BVCC. For more frequent summaries, contact our office administrator, Marguerite Mote, at firstname.lastname@example.org.