How Giving Works Here At Norton Baptist Church
We have four funds that you can give to: General, Missions, Barnabas Barrel, and Building. Let's work backward through those.
The building fund is used for remodeling our church facilities. Many upgrades have been done the last few years and more are needed, so we setup a fund for people to be able to give that direction. Our next building project is finishing some of our lower level for a great kids' area.
The Barnabas Barrel is a benevolence fund. Our leadership uses it to help, first those who are in our church family with needs, and then to help those in our community with needs if we are able. Money designated here is never used for any operating expenses of our church.
The missions fund is used for sending out missionaries all over for the sake of the gospel and church planting. We have a number of missionaries that we support, as well as we give to some who visit with us out of this fund. On occasion, we may also use this money to hold a mission's conference. Like the Barnabas Barrel, this money is also never used for any operating expenses.
The general fund is used to support the day to day operations of our church. The unique thing about giving to our general fund is we only keep 79% of what you give for operations, 21% of what you give is diverted to our missions fund when we receive it. In other words, we believe in giving so much, that we give out of the gifts given to us for operating expenses.
God continues to take care of our needs, so we are not looking for people to give out of any obligation, but rather we desire for people to give as God has increased them with joyful hearts for all that He has given us. We believe people should support their local church first, so if we are your local church, we do believe it is right to direct some of your giving to us. If we are not your local church, please make sure you are supporting your local church prior to giving financially to our church.
We do know this, that our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)