why your giving is important
Engage Church teaches the practice of giving and tithing to your local church. But don't worry. We don't talk about money all the time or constantly ask you to give. Our heart is that you would give back to God as an act of worship to Him. For many of us, we've learned to give out of obligation. Quite frankly, when it comes to giving - Jesus had a different idea in mind.
Giving is about worship
When we think of giving, we think we're giving money to our church or our pastor. Sometimes, we may be thinking that we need to give so the church can keep the lights on or so the pastor can eat. While all good things, this can lead us to give out of obligation. But God has a different plan. Giving is to be about us giving gifts back to God because He has given good gifts to us. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."(James 1:17, NIV) We give because we love God and want to give back to Him as part of our worship.
Giving helps us seek God with a thankful heart
When we give out of an overflow of our relationship with God, we give with a cheerful heart. At Engage Church, we don't want anyone to give because they have to. We see giving as a privilege and want you to experience what Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 9:7. "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or out of compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
giving based on your income
Give to God what you have decided in your heart based on your income. No two people will give the same amount. "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made." (1 Corinthians 16:2, NIV). Decide in your heart what you will give based on your income and leave the results to God.
GIVING OR TITHING?
Maybe you've heard about tithing, but you don't really understand what that means or if it's any different than giving. Click HERE to learn more!
How we use your giving
You may still have questions. How do you use the offering at Engage Church? Where does my giving go? These are great questions. Here at Engage, we don't just use your giving to pay the bills around here. When you give, a portion of your giving supports community organizations and other charities seeking to make a difference right here in Duluth. We also give 15.5% of giving to world missions, in addition to working to provide for those in need in our own church family. Your giving at Engage makes a difference for Jesus right here and around the world.
Get started with giving
You can get started with giving to Engage Church by bringing your offering on Sunday morning. Each week we provide a time for you to give during our Sunday service. Or you can give online. It's easy and quick!
Regardless of how you give, we appreciate your generosity and look forward to partnering with you to make an impact in Duluth for Christ.