Tithes and Giving

Throughout Scripture giving to God and to others is an underlying foundation of faithful God-honouring life. 

Giving is a response to the grace that God extends to us. While we can never match the extent of God’s giving, we should seek to respond to the grace God has given us through our actions and our attitudes.

Giving should never be a matter of guilt, rather we should give freely, joyfully, and generously. Giving is a seed you sow, an investment in the Kingdom of God, it is not a debt you owe.

As a local church, we aim to live in Christ, and to grow as a Community of Faith, Hope, Love, and Joy, all the while we seek to grow God’s kingdom one life at a time.

We can all play our part in this by prayer and by the giving of our time and talents. But we can also impact the vision by giving money. When more is given, more is possible.

Our giving should be proportionate to our resources. The Old Testament teaches the principle of tithing and this is a good starting point for New Testament generosity. Tithing simply means giving at least 10% of our income to the kingdom of God. 

Giving is:

  • a response of gratitude
  • a spiritual discipline that you have chosen to perform 
  • an expression of your love for God
  • an expression of your love for others
  • sacrificial 
  • an acknowledgement of God as the source of all you have
  • a way of contributing to the life, mission, vision, and goals of the Wakatipu Community Presbyterian Church (WCPC)

Tax Rebate
WCPC is a registered Charity, which means that you can receive a tax rebate from IRD. Contact the church office for a donation number so that we can give you a receipt at the end of each financial year.

How to give:
1. In the Sunday offering 

2. Set up an online payment from your bank account, this can be a one-off or an Automatic Payment that repeats as often as you choose.  Remember to add your Donation Number and the reason for your donation, i.e. ‘weekly tithe’

Bank Account details:

Bank: BNZ

Account Name: Wakatipu Presbyterian Church

Account: 02-0948-0020110-000

 

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Vision for the Year Ahead 2016 (Report for Parish Council)

 

Building capacity and vision
This year we do need to undertake some serious work in building capacity and vision. Right now and over the next few years we will have some massive challenges – aka opportunities. And whether they actually do become opportunities will largely depend upon how well we are prepared and how well we are able to listen to God.

Manna
This vital ministry has opportunity to deepen and expand yet do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach

What do we need to do now to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of this ministry.

St Andrews – 1045
Given that we are looking to build on the 5 Mile albeit 5 years away what do we need to be doing now to build and prepare this people. Again we can ask the same questions; do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach
  • and add what will it mean to join with St Margaret’s? Is that the way of the future? How and when should we begin that process.

St Margarets
The questions and future move are even more urgent here. And again we must ask do we have

  • a vision for that? A vision for what could be in say 5 years time.
  • the depth of leadership
  • the understanding of leadership
  • commitment
  • the right venue, structure, approach [admittedly we have already said No in regards the venue but lets explore that some more]
  • and add what will it mean to join with St Andrews? Is that the way of the future? How and when should we begin that process.

The Five Mile
While many years away we do have to start developing a vision and a plan of what ministry will look like here. The ministries we want to see develop will have a direct impact on the style, size, shape, number of buildings we develop; and on how much green space we leave, car parking we need etc etc.
Planning needs to begin in 2016.

St Andrews site

  • What is our long term vision for this?
  • What ministries will take place here?
  • What other activities might it be used for?
  • What changes to the building and site need to happen?
  • How will we progress this?

St Johns
I suggest enough change of late. Let’s allow the congregation and Carlton settle for a time; before we ask more of the visioning type questions.

First steps
I believe a key first step is strengthening our leadership, in particular the eldership, and to pay close attention to the strength of Parish Council. This could include ALL congregations
I suggest

  • Eldership training, generic in nature to start with but then modified to the context. Aim of helping current elders know their role and their strengths and of developing others into eldership. Likewise developing other office bearers – this is not a lesser role, merely a different but equally vital role.
  • Review and Vision renewal for Manna
    • Strengthen leadership in accordance with needs identified from a review and vision.
  • Review and vision renewal for St Andrews and St Margarets
    • Make necessary changes to leadership structure and strengthen leadership in accordance with needs identified from a review and vision.
  • Development of vision for 5 Mile
    • Development of draft drawings/site plans
  • Development of vision for St Andrews site
    • Development of draft drawings/site plans

To help make a start on this I have asked Erin Pendreigh – Synod Mission Enabler to help us with the first stage of this which revolves around the leadership development and then to help us develop vision.

More will follow – but today we need to begin, let’s ensure we do that from a place of prayer.

Ian     12 February 2016

 

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