Traditional and Online Giving Available...
[Please see below for the "Descriptions of Our Seven Church Giving Accounts"]
God's people have always been characterized by giving; however, the way they have given has changed over time. For example, people no longer bring goats, sheep, calves, and grain to God as they did in the Old Testament period. Giving money (paper, metal, or digital) is simpler, cleaner, and remains theologically sound after Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice at the cross of Calvary and instituted the New Testament era. As the way money is exchanged evolves, we at Grace Baptist have extended our church family and friends an alternative method to offer their financial gifts to God.
We will continue to take up an offering during our Sunday morning worship service for individuals who prefer to give traditionally by either cash or check. For Grace Baptist members, extended family, and dear friends who would prefer to transfer money electronically, giving through the church website is an easy, safe, and convenient option.
Anyone who would like to give to the Lord by supporting the ministries of Grace Baptist may do so through the online option using our upgraded church website giving portal. The system makes it easy to quickly transfer money from a bank account, debit card, or credit card to one of our church accounts safely and securely. One-time gifts as well as recurring withdrawals may be set up, and your monetary gift(s) can be directed either to the church’s general account or to one of our other six ministry-specific funds (see below). Feel free to set up a personal account and make your financial offering or contact the church for help with giving through the website.
Remember that giving is an important aspect of the Christian life. The Bible teaches of generous giving through numerous verses. The Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, pens these words to the struggling church at Corinth, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Likewise, Jesus Himself was quoted as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Therefore, at Grace Baptist, we want to encourage all our congregation to pray seriously about giving and then to give as the Lord leads them.
Descriptions of Our Seven Church Giving Accounts (001-007):
- 001 General Fund. This fund is the primary bank account of the congregation where monies are received and directed toward the general ministries of the church. It supports annual church budget items with regard to staff compensation, core ministry (prayer, evangelism/missions, worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and youth), and property maintenance.
- 002 Building Fund. Grace Baptist recognizes that maintaining our church building and grounds is a practice of good stewardship and has, therefore, established this account. This fund supports the maintenance and repair of more expensive property items as well as undergirds the advancement of major building projects.
- 003 Mission Fund. This fund functions to support the Great Commission thrust as given by our risen Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). We strive to be “on mission” as Christians in the local, state, regional, national, and international theatres.
- 004 Scholarship Fund. The Rev. W. O. Sheppard Memorial Scholarship is an account birthed out of Grace Baptist Church’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (December 2011) to provide scholarships for rising college freshmen within our congregation.
- 005 Marshall Moore Community Offering (MMCO). Our congregation takes this monthly offering in memory of Marshall and Garnett Moore in view of their loving dedication to our local community. All monies are currently given to the Community Storehouse in Ridgeway, Virginia which supplies food, clothing, and education to those in need within Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.
- 006 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO). The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) is the primary way Southern Baptist congregations support mission efforts in North America. One hundred percent of gifts given to the annual AAEO are used to support Southern Baptist missionaries serving across the United States and Canada.
- 007 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO). The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) is the primary way Southern Baptist congregations support international missions. One hundred percent of gifts given to the LMCO are used to support Southern Baptist missionaries serving around the world. This annual offering supports the biblical vision of reaching a multitude from every nation, tribes, peoples, and tongues who will ultimately know and worship our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 7:9).
Note: If you set up a recurring gift and later change your default payment method, you'll need to delete and recreate the recurring gift in order for the new payment method to apply to the recurring gift.