OUR SYSTEM OF GIVING TO MISSIONS: Faith Promise
"They gave of themselves as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. . . . See that you also excel in this grace of giving. . . . Your plenty will supply what they need"-- II Corinthians 8:3, 7, 14
Faith Promise is way of giving to world evangelism. Believers ask the Lord how much they should give to missions over the next year, and then they commit to that annual total as a "Faith Promise."
Is there a Scriptural basis for Faith Promise Giving?
Faith Promise giving makes us channels of blessing. In His covenant with Abraham, God said that through Abraham's descendants, "all peoples of the earth would be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
Faith Promise giving is a way of handing on the blessing.
Faith Promise giving is more than one can afford. (II Corinthians 8:2-3, II Corinthians 9:6-15)
Faith Promise giving reflects our personal commitments. (II Corinthians 8:5)
Though Faith Promise giving is optional, it does clearly demonstrate our love. (Philippians 2:1-4; Luke 6:38, Romans 12:9-10)
What is the relationship between Faith Promise and giving a tithe?
Faith Promise giving is over and above the tithe. Tithing is a clear scriptural principle, dating back to the earliest pages of Genesis. Tithing recognizes God's ownership over me and all that I have. In practical terms, tithe money runs the local church and its ministries. Faith Promise is a way for us to give specifically toward reaching the unreached of the world. Faith Promise giving tangibly expresses my desire that the whole world know the Good News.
How do I get the funds to fulfill my Faith Promise?
God may increase your income.
God may decrease your expenses.
God may lead you to sacrifice.
Do I give my Faith Promise before I get it?
A Faith Promise is a FAITH commitment. Promise only what you believe God wants to give through you. Then trust God to be faithful in this promise.
Your Faith Promise involvement says that you believe:
World evangelism is vital to accomplishing the mission of the church.
The gospel can change lives.
Giving, although important, is secondary to faith and praying.
God will help pay the amount promised.
How do I make a Faith Promise?
Study the scriptures.
Total up your giving to world evangelism for last year.
Increase that total by a reasonable percentage.
Divide the total by 52 or 26 or 12 (weekly, bi-monthly or monthly contributions) according to your individual pay schedule.
Prayerfully again consider the amount you can faithfully purpose to give. (II Corinthians 9:7) Do not be surprised at what God lays on your heart. Just be obedient.
Fill out a Faith Promise Card, indicating your Faith and Promise.
How do I give my Faith Promise?
Give regularly if you can. Missionaries need regular support. Some Faith Promises, however, depend on annual, one-time income. These can be paid when those monies are received.
Who can make a Faith Promise?
Anyone who wants to trust God and who wants to be used of God to get the Good News to the unreached can make a Faith Promise commitment (Luke 6:38, Proverbs 11:24-25). Youth and children are also encouraged to participate in Faith Promise giving.
How long does my Faith Promise commitment last?
Generally, Faith Promise commitments are made once a year during the missions conference. The weekly or monthly or annual commitments extend for one year beginning April 1 each year.
Is Faith Promise the only way I can participate in Missions giving?
Not everyone chooses to give weekly or monthly through Faith Promise. If you choose not to make a Faith Promise, you can still designate an offering at any time to “Missions.”
Thank you very much to all of you who have pledged as well as those who give regularly to support our missionary families. Having been a missionary with the responsibility of raising and maintaining our own support helps me understand how important CCPC's support is to our missionary families. If you have not pledged, you can still give by designating your offering to "missions" or "faith promise" or donate online on our GIVING page.