2023 Faith Commitment for Church Ministry Budget
November 28, 2022
Dear Apostles Family,
It has been an honor serving as Church Treasurer this year, and I have been so encouraged by the faithfulness of the Lord in providing for all the church’s needs. As you saw at the congregational meeting, we have been able to increase our 2023 budgeted ministry investments due to the faithful giving of our members.
God has always had a model of His people giving a portion of their incomes back to Him as an act of faith, obedience, and worship. We can see the concept of tithing all the way back in Genesis and throughout the Old Testament. Jesus commended this practice in the Gospels, and we see Christians in the early church giving to advance the work of the apostles. Much of what is said in the New Testament about money reminds us that giving is not a mechanical percentage to check a box. Rather, it is an issue of the heart with a high calling to give generously and liberally.
To be clear, God doesn’t need your money. For the earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, and His purposes will always be accomplished. But giving in a Biblical manner is an opportunity for us to obey and experience many types of blessings.
The Church of The Apostles will never pressure you for money, as we operate in faith that God will provide for all of our operational needs and costs. We also recognize that He frequently provides through the regular, weekly giving of our members.
Each year, we ask our members to prayerfully consider what they will give in the upcoming year and provide an anonymous pledge to the church. This exercise presents an opportunity for you and your family to have a spiritual discussion about your finances, examine your own hearts, and see if there needs to be any alignment with what the Bible teaches on this matter. It also helps our church administrative team properly plan for the months ahead.
Enclosed with this letter is the pledge card for 2023. On Sunday, December 11, we will collect the pledge cards at the end of the service. If you cannot attend that Sunday, please take the time to either mail in your card or submit it online at apostles.org/pledge.
We will continue to look to God to provide all we need and pray you will participate with us as we advance the work of His Kingdom.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows” (Malachi 3:10).