WHY GIVE?

The Vineyard Church operates completely on the financial contributions of those who attend. Ongoing, generous financial gifts from worshipers at The Vineyard Church enable us to fund our various ministries, including ongoing care for the needy in our community and global impact.  All facilities, insurance, salaries, and operational costs depend on charitable giving.

2016 GIVING RECORDS

To access your records from your 2016 contributions, please log in using the following link. If you need assistance please call 281.240.8463 and ask for the Operations Director.

2016 CONTRIBUTIONS RECORDS
TEN GOOD REASONS TO GIVE: Giving is...

God is a giver. Anytime we imitate God and do the works that He does, e.g., share our faith, forgive another person who has sinned against us, pray for a sick person, or give financially, we are tapping into the very life and being of God. People who hoard never have an opportunity to experience God’s life. Only givers can experience the joy of God.

God has blessed each one of us with a variety of blessings: material well being, family, church, work, health, etc. How many other ways do we really have to say “thank you” to God other than to return to Him a portion of what He has given us? Simply stated, giving is an opportunity for us to say to God, “Thank you!”

Churches are involved in a wide number of ministries that no one person could, by themselves, do or invest time in. For example, Vineyard gives a substantial amount of money each month to support church planting around the country and around the world, providing food and resources for the poor in our community, and engaging specific needs in the Tri-Cities (Stafford, Sugar Land, Missouri City). No one of us could do all this alone, but a person who gives here has an opportunity to participate in all the ministries of the Vineyard.

Either the money that we control is ours, which is a secular worldview, or all of our money belongs to God. True, only a portion of our time and only some of our money will be specifically designated for God and His church, but all the rest ought to be dedicated to Him, used according to His will, and devoted to things that honor Him.

One of the best ways for a person to support a cause that they believe in is to give money to that cause. Political organizations and various groups supporting certain rights (abortion rights, gay rights, freedom in the arts) certainly understand the importance of financing. Of course financial giving is no the only way to support something. Giving our time, praying for that cause, and supporting it with encouragement are all other valid ways to support a cause; but giving financially is certainly one major way to support what we believe in.

Many people are anxious about their financial futures because they haven’t learned about the paradoxical nature of the Christian life. People who hold tightly to their money will be in bondage to financial concerns. People who open their hands freely in giving will experience emotional liberty in financial matters. Jesus as not a wealthy man, yet He was a man who had tremendous financial peace.

It is an extraordinary thing that many of us receive services such as counseling, training for our children, teaching, and opportunities to participate in ministry, yet allow others to pay for the services we receive. Someone is picking up the bill for the lights, heat, pastoral salaries, mortgage, and materials that we all enjoy.  If you are able to give financially (and almost everyone in the Vineyard is able to give), but you are not giving, then someone else is paying the freight for you.

God challenges us to put Him to the test. In Malachi 3, He says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” In many ways, I am hesitant to call attention to this great and awesome promise of God for financial blessing, yet the truth of my own experience is this: I have never met a tither whom God has not provided for financially. This promise from the book of Malachi is one of those promises that God is very quick to fulfill. Tithing does produce financial blessing from God!

God takes note of everything we do in secret for Him such as our secret prayer, our secret fasting, or our secret giving (Mt. 6). Whether there is a huge payoff here on earth (the book of Malachi tells us there is an earthly payoff) there will certainly be a heavenly payoff for those who give financially toward the work of God’s kingdom.

“Us four…no more”, “God bless me…that’s as far as I can see” is not what Christianity is about.  If the only thing I pay for is my own children’s Christian school, or things that directly bless me (such as my own home furnishings, or that which helps my own family and my friends), then Jesus says I am no better than the Gentiles.  Non-Christians pay for their own children’s education and give generously to their friends and family besides.  Christian giving is different because it involves sowing beyond ourselves and our own circle.


WAYS TO GIVE

PLANNED RECURRING GIVING

God’s blueprint for financial stewardship includes giving in preportion to you income. In particular, following the Bible’s instructions means setting aside 10 percent of your income for God’s work. While this takes great faith, God has given us permission to test him (Mal. 3:10) as give him the opportunity to demonstrate his care and provision Recurring gifts can be set up through our secure online portal.

ONE TIME DONATION

God’s blueprint for financial stewardship includes giving in proportion to your income.  In particular, following the Bible’s instructions means setting aside 10 percent of your income for God’s work.  While this takes great faith, God has given us permission to test him (Mal. 3:10) and give him the opportunity to demonstrate his care and provision.  Recurring gifts can be set up through our secure online portal.

EMPLOYER CORPORATE MATCHING

Many businesses offer matching contributions for charitable giving to qualifying tax exempt organizations. Contact your employer’s Human Resources department or get assistance from The Vineyard Church Operations Director.

WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE

We encourage you to support local business first. But, when you must shop online, consider using AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Simply  choose “Vineyard Christian Fellowship Of Sugar Land” as your favorite charity. Visit smile.amazon.com to get started.

WILLS, BEQUESTS & ESTATE PLANNING

A charitable gift can be given to the church through your will or other estate plans. Such a gift can be used to honor the Lord from the financial increase He has given you during your lifetime (Prov 3:9,10) and can benefit your church in wonderful ways.  This type of gift may also be helpful to appropriately avoid estate taxes.  If you choose to include the church in your will or estate plan, please let your attorney know the church’s name and address. Further, please communicate to your attorney that the church is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Texas, and that our tax identification number is 76-0446124. If you have already included the church in your will, please let us know so that we can say “thank you.” Don’t forget that qualified retirement plans will be considered part of your estate at death, but if handled correctly they can also be deductible from the estate as charitable gifts.  If you would like assistance from our church with estate planning, you may contact the Vineyard Church office and ask for the Operations Director.