Financial giving at Bethlehem Baptist can generally be divided into two categories: tithes and offerings. The Bible teaches us that we worship the Lord with our tithe, which is ten percent of our income contributed to the church on a regular basis. Tithes are applied to the general operation of our church. You can learn more about tithes by clicking on Tithing 101 below. When we feel called to give over and above our tithe, we do so as an offering.
› E-Giving FAQ
› Tithing 101
› Dr. Gary’s Special Message about Giving
But just as you excel in everything…see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
- 2 Cor 8:7
When you choose to give an offering and would like to direct it to a specific area, you can select any of those listed below. Just make a note on your check, offering envelope or electronic transaction.
- Church Tithe
- Audio, Video, Web Tech Fund
- STARZ Fund (Newborn-5th Grade)
- RADIATE Fund (6th Grade and Above)
- Building Fund
If you have planned in advance to give a gift as part of your overall personal financial strategy, either now or in the future, we recommend that you discuss your strategy with your tax and/or financial advisor.
There are several types of gifts that may fall under this category, many of which are very simple to make and do not require any formal communication to us. These include:
- Life Insurance. You can simply name Bethlehem Baptist Church as a beneficiary.
- Retirement Assets. You can name Bethlehem Baptist Church as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan. Any amounts left in your plan will transfer to Bethlehem Baptist Church free of income and estate tax.
- Bequests. You can name Bethlehem Baptist Church in your will as a beneficiary, and your estate will receive an income tax deduction for the value of the bequest. A bequest written in a will can be made for either a percentage or an amount.
Other types of planned giving include gifts that may be more long-term in nature.
- Charitable Gift Annuity. Cash or marketable securities are transferred to a charitable organization in exchange for a current income tax deduction and the organization’s promise to make fixed annual payments to you for life.