Financial Stewardship FAQ

Where can I receive a contribution statement?

The church distributes one annual contribution statement to all contributors following the end of the calendar year in which your donation(s) was given. Questions about your contribution statement can be directed to the Treasurers.

 

Does the church have a budget? Who administers it?

Tithes and offerings given to the church are administered based on our annual budget. Copies of the budget are available from the church treasurers. Any adjustments to budget amounts are made with the approval of our Finance Committee.


When I put cash in the offering plate, where does it go?

With “Company” status with the Southern California Conference (SCC), The Place can retain 100% of loose offerings.

 

What’s the difference between tithe and offering?

The tithe is the main source of funding for the total proclamation of the gospel to all the world by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, tithe is received by the local congregation and sent on to the local conference office. From here, the tithe money is distributed according to an agreement by the world church as to how tithe funds will be used. The largest portion of the tithe is used to fund the ministry of local churches through pastoral salaries, as well as evangelism and additional services provided to the local church.

 

Offerings are collected for designated purposes. Because we’re a developing church with “Company” status with the SCC, The Place can retain 100% of loose offerings. Still, we collect for other purposes, too, such as our mission trip to Peru, the Bere Hospital in Tchad.

 

So, if my tithe doesn’t stay inside the church, where does it go?

100% of your tithe money pays for the proclamation of the gospel worldwide. The church’s tithe guidelines outline that church and school operating expenses must not come from tithe, but rather from our offerings and gifts.

If The Place doesn’t get any of that money, why should I give tithe?

Tithe pays our pastor’s salary, for one! If we didn’t pay tithe, we couldn’t have a pastor. For a church in the Southern Califonria Conference to maintain a full-time pastor requires more than $180,000 a year in tithes. But, if we paid only tithe, we wouldn’t have a church building, Sabbath School materials, and more.

 

What are the primary expenses of The Place?

The primary expenses are rent for our church building; educational subsidies of our local schools, CAES and NPAA; children’s programs; worship service, and other programs here at The Place.

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