Q. What are “tithes and offerings” used for?
A. Tithes and offerings – This is our primary fund which covers our general expenses and supports the mission of why we exist as a church: “To lead people into an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus Christ”.
Q. How will my donations be used?
A. Your donations are primarily used to help us communicate the Gospel of Jesus to children, students and adults through the work of The City Church. We are not sponsored by any group or denomination; therefore, the vast majority of our income comes from donors. Also, The City Church financially supports local and international charities that we believe align with our mission. Examples of such charities are: Eden Food for Change, Samaritan's Purse, Christians Against Poverty, ARC Canada.
Q. To Whom is The City Church accountable?
A. All of the expenditures of The City Church are reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. The City Church of Mississauga also undergoes an independent yearly financial audit performed by a Chartered Accountant.
Q. Will I get a tax receipt?
A. Yes. Annual Canadian tax receipts are mailed to your home at the beginning of February for all donations of $10 or more. You can receive up to 40% of your offerings back from the government through your tax return depending on how much you give and your income level.
Q. Can I donate by debit / credit card?
A. Yes. Follow the link under the online giving section.
Q. Will my personal information be kept confidential?
A. Yes. The City Church keeps all personal information confidential. Your contributions are kept in strict confidence, and only those who process the information for tax receipts and use it for planning purposes have access to the records. We will not share any personal information unless required by law.
Q. How much should I give?
A. Many times giving in the Bible (Old and New Testament) is referenced in terms of percentages. A “tithe” (10%) of our income is generally a good place to start. For some, 10% sounds like a lot of money, and they choose to start at a lower percentage and increase that amount over time. Many others choose to give with radical generosity and give well above 10%. Everyone who attends a local church should see themselves as contributor to that local body; finances is one of the ways we can be generous. Giving, resources the church and blesses the giver.
A sample of Bible verses on generosity.
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
Designated Donation Policy of The City Church
Spending funds is confined to church approved programs or projects, which are determined by the Board of Directors. Each restricted contribution designated towards a church approved program or project will be used as designated. The understanding being that, when the need for such a program or project has been met, or the program or project ceases to function, or continue for any reason as determined by the Board of Directors, the remaining restricted contributions designated for such program or project will be used where most needed as determined by the Board of Directors.
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