church finances

Biblical Basis for Giving

There are over 2,000 verses in the Bible that talk about the importance of being generous and sharing our possessions. Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry he told many parables to illustrate how generosity is a pivotal part of our relationship with him and how we share the love of Christ with others. And in Acts, we read about a vibrant, generous community of people, coming together to help meet one another’s needs, the needs of their community, and to spread the Gospel message.

Today, those calls to be generous, both as part of our individual growth and our communal call to bring the Gospel to the nations—and our neighbors next door—remains the same. While the Church has had many different expressions over its history, the reason for our generosity has stayed the same. Financial generosity to a church isn’t about meeting a budget goal, or about the percentage or dollar amount we’re individually capable of giving. These verses and the words of Jesus continually remind us, it’s a reflection of our relationship with him, our heart posture toward the work he calls us to, and about playing a part of sharing the hope of Christ around the world.

Your Generosity at Work

Here are just a few examples of how your generosity is at work. Stay tuned for more testimonials from our ministry leaders, volunteers, and members of our church family on how your generosity is making an impact.

In Our Church…

Over the past five years we have seen a growing number of young adults who call Fellowship Dallas home.

Because of your generosity, in 2022 Fellowship was able to bring on a pastor to specifically shepherd and support this community. We now have a thriving young adult ministry meeting on Thursday evenings twice a month. This amazing group of individuals are reaching out to others in their communities, teaching and encouraging one another in their Thursday gatherings, and serving faithfully in our kids and student ministries, our hospitality team, and our men’s and women’s ministries.

In Our City…

Recently several of our neighbors at the Lakeside Apartments across from the church were displaced due to a fire in their portion of the complex.

Because of your generosity Fellowship was able to provide three of these families with gifts cards for meals and to purchase household necessities. These families expressed their gratefulness and how these gifts helped them feel seen amid these challenging circumstances.

In Our World…

Many of our global partners live and work in areas with dangerous hostility and persecution for believers and those trying to share the Gospel.
Yet, the resolve of these pastors and leaders is a challenge to us all about what it means to follow Jesus. Because of your generosity, we built an entire school in India, which also serves as a training ground for rural pastors. We’ve also sent several of our team members to teach at pastoral trainings in India and Nicaragua.

 

Transparency In Our Current Financials

At Fellowship, one of our value sets is truth and grace, and we want to carry that value into how we share about our finances, the ways your giving is at work, and how we talk about giving together. In addition to working on an annual report, we want to provide greater transparency and frequency in our financial reporting to our church family throughout the ministry year. We also want to challenge each other to learn and grow in our individual journeys of generosity and be vulnerable with one another about the concerns and struggles we may have in this area of discipleship.

Our ministry and fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. We began our 2023/24 fiscal year on July 1, 2023, with a General Fund giving budget of $3,016,000. As a reminder, our General Fund pays for the day-to-day operating costs of our ministries and support operations.

Year-to-Date Giving Information
As of Monday, May 27.

$2,486,330 = Received to Date
$2,746,714 = Budgeted to Date
$   260,384 = Additional Giving Needed

We praise God for His incredible provision so far this year and we thank you, our generous givers, for your continued support!

Below you’ll see how Fellowship’s 2023/2024 budget is distributed across our different areas of ministry and operations, where our giving is currently this year compared to last ministry year, and our attendance over the past 22 months.

 

Taking Your Next Step in Generosity

1. Pray & Ask Questions – Any act of generosity should begin with prayer. God knows that our relationships with finances are complex, and He is always ready to show us more about himself and how He provides through our journey in this area of discipleship. Our elders, staff leadership, and Generosity Ministry Leadership Team members are happy to answer any questions you may have.

2. Give Cheerfully – Every gift has an impact. There are several ways you can give at Fellowship. Online by clicking on the button below. By mailing your check to the church. By using the offering boxes at the front desk or in the back of the worship center. If you are interested in making a non-cash donation such as stocks, etc. please reach out to finance@fellowshipdallas.org.

 

Maybe you’re not able to give financially at this time. Generosity isn’t just about our finances, it’s also about sharing our gifts. Pray about an area you might be called to serve. You can also reach out to serve@fellowshipdallas.org and we would be happy to learn more about your interest in serving and connect you with an open opportunity.

3. Consider Setting Up Recurring Giving – Stepping into a regular rhythm of giving is easy. You can choose your desired frequency and make changes to your recurring gift at any time.

4. Share Your Story of Generosity – How have you seen God at work in your journey of generosity? Have you been on the receiving end of someone else’s generosity? Share your story by emailing stories@fellowshipdallas.org.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about our church’s finances or the ways that your giving is making an impact, please reach out to questions@fellowshipdallas.org. If you have questions about setting up a recurring gift, managing your online giving, or setting up a legacy gift, please email finance@fellowshipdallas.org.

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