Here are some frequently asked questions from members and visitors about the church’s finances:
:: Q: What exactly is a pledge?
:: A: It’s a promise to support the church with a specific dollar amount. It allows us to budget and plan our programming for the coming year.
:: Q: How do I know what amount to give?
:: A: According to the Bible, we are asked to give 10% of what we have to support others in need and the ministries and programs we believe in. We hope you will give a percentage of your income to the church, knowing that many of you also support other charitable organizations. It’s recommended that you start with an amount you know you can give, but one that is a bit of a stretch to you. Most people find they grow spiritually the more they give of talent, time and treasure.
:: Q: Who will know what amount I’m giving?
:: A: Pledges are kept confidential.
:: Q: Is online giving secure?
:: A: We’ve taken steps to ensure that the giving process is safe and secure. All of your giving data is secured by SSL encryption. SSL is an acronym for “Secure Socket Layer,” a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. It’s the same technology used by banks and e-commerce companies such as Amazon.com to keep your information safe and secure during transactions.
:: Q: How does the church decide how to spend its money?
:: A: Budgeting is an open process. Journey of Faith Christian Church’s ministry teams submit budget requests, based on the programs and activities planned for the coming year. The church’s governing body or Official Board votes upon a budget to present to the congregation. All members may vote at the annual meeting in January to approve the budget for the year.
:: Q: What about the capital campaign?
:: A: The capital campaign is a three-year commitment to help establish a fund for renovation and ongoing maintenance of the church’s building. Our annual pledge drive is for the ministry and mission of the church.
:: Q: Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
:: A: Contact the church office for additional information.