Giving FAQ

Here are some answers to some of our more frequently asked questions regarding giving.

5. Why should I give to Quest Church?


When you give to Quest Church, God does something amazing. He multiplies your gifts and does more with it than any of us could ask or imagine. Your tithe becomes part of God’s plan to resource the local church to do His work here on earth. And He also allows you to be a part of all He is doing in your community and around the world through local and global missions partners. Know that we honor your gifts with faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability so that the financial integrity of Quest Church remains beyond reproach.




7. What's the best way to give?


The easiest and best way to give is through the Quest Church Cash app mobile giving. You can make a gift, schedule your giving (on your mobile calendar app), and review your giving history all in one place.




10. Can I give above my tithe to a specific area?


Yes! Quest Church has three areas for giving above the tithe through an offering: Spaces & Places, Relief & Restoration, and Digital Missions. You can learn more about each of these at www.questcc.org




11. How can I get a giving statement for tax purposes?


You can download/print your giving history anytime through the CashApp app. Instructions on how to see your giving statements click here. We will also send you a giving statement by January 31 of the following calendar year. If you need help getting a copy of your giving statement or have questions about your giving history, just let us know at questcc.org@gmail.com and we’d be happy to help!




12. What is the most cost-effective method of giving?


The most cost-effective method of giving to Quest Chuch is the “Cash App” option. This method has the lowest processing costs which allows us to put more of your gift to work in ministry.




13. Who can I contact if I need any help with giving?


Quest Church Giving Experience Team is available to help you seven days a week! Just send an email to questcc.org@gmail.com or give us a call at 216-510-5559.




14. When I calculate my tithe, should it be on my net or gross income?


A very good rule to apply concerning tithing is that the tithe should be the first and the best, trusting that God will bless the rest. “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” (Proverbs 3:9) Abraham is the first reference we have in the bible regarding tithing and Genesis 14:20 shows that he tithed on everything: ‘Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything’. Moreover, Genesis 28:22 shows Jacob vowing to do the same and tithe on all that he received from God, ‘And of all that you give me I will give you a tenth’. As we apply the principle that tithing should be on the first and the best then it makes sense that we should give our tithes on the gross amount. If you tithe on the net, then how do you define what is meant by net income – is it income after tax, or what about health insurance, trade union membership and pensions? Where do you draw the line? So, tithing should be on the first and the best and by tithing on our gross income we truly honor God and give back to him from the first and the best. “As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.” (2 Chronicles 31:5) What is more important is that the Bible makes it clear this should be a planned and consistent act of worship. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with His income.” 1 Corinthians 16:2




2. Why should I Tithe?


In Malachi 3:10, God tells us to bring the tithe, which is 10% of our income, to Him. Later, Jesus affirms this in the New Testament.




15. Isn't tithing under the Old Testament law, so we are exempt from it?


Actually, a biblical study of tithing shows that tithes came before the Old Testament law! Tithing is seen before the law, during the law and after the law. As one preacher put it: “When it comes to tithing, in Genesis 14:20 Abraham commenced it, in Genesis 28:22, Jacob continued it; in Leviticus 27:30, God commanded it, in Malachi 3:10 God confirmed it and in Matthew 23:23, Jesus commended it…who am I to cancel it?” Luke 21. (look it up) Secondly, there is a popular but false dichotomy that is often set up between the OT and the NT that goes like this: OT is law, NT is grace. But what people ignore is that the law was given AFTER grace, not before. Reading the OT clearly shows that the law (Ex. 20) was given AFTER God graciously brought the Israelites out of Egypt (Ex. 12-19 or just see Ex 20:1 just before the 10 Commandments start in Ex. 20:2. Same thing in Deut. 5:6ff). In numerous passages, God made it clear that their deliverance was due to His love, grace and favor not due to their obedience or righteousness.




16. Does Jesus endorsed tithing?


Yes. In his warning to the Pharisees about legalism (they were tithing, but ignoring mercy and justice) he tells them that they should not neglect tithing, but also that their hearts should not neglect mercy and justice and other attributes of the law. “You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew 23:23)




17. What about the early church in Jerusalem?


The early church showed an example of extreme giving. Some of those first Christ followers sometimes gave everything that they had; 100% instead of just 10%! Those offerings were presented to the church leaders and then distributed as needed to people and the ministry. “For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.” (Acts 4:34-35)




18. I've heard that if I do not tithe, I'm going to hell. Is this true?


Absolutely not! Your salvation is not purchased by the tithes of man but by the blood of Jesus Christ!




19. Should a person's tithe go to their local church or just anywhere?


The precedent that has been set in scripture shows the importance of tithing to the storehouse (the local place of spiritual teaching and nourishment: Temple in the Old Testament, local church in the NT) to provide for the ministry and its mission. The storehouse was a collection point from which distributions were made. An in-depth study of giving and tithing actually shows that the Israelites gave 10% directly to the Temple and gave above that for the needs of the poor. We highly encourage people to give 10% of their income to the local church. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:10)




21. What about my friends who raise support or other charities?


Give by all means! Remember that tithing 10% is where you start, not the maximum a believer gives. So in light of the previous question, it is appropriate to tithe at least 10% to the local church and then feel free to give above and beyond to anywhere else God leads. All stewardship and giving requires us to go before God and ask for wisdom on such matters. As with any discernment matter we encourage you to search scripture, pray, seek counsel from godly people, and discuss it with the leaders of the church.




25. What if I'm tithing but I'm not getting ahead?


There can be all kinds of things that could be causing you not to increase in your finances. Living above your means is probably the most common. Bad business decisions and being ignorant with other financial obligations are two more out of many others.




26. Should I tithe if I am in debt?


The tithe helps us to honor God, which is the beginning of wisdom. If there is anybody in the world who needs God’s wisdom in the area of finances, it is a person who is already in debt. A farmer always keeps a portion of each harvest as seed stock to be planted the next season. If he didn’t, he would not be able to grow another crop. As Christians, our tithe is our seed stock (2 Corinthians 9:10). We honor God by giving Him the first fruits of our produce (income or compensation). Therefore the first portion of our income belongs to God. It doesn’t belong to anyone else—not even creditors (Proverbs 3:9-10).




22. Could tithe money be used to support secular organizations?


The tithe is given in God’s name and should be used specifically for His work.




27. Should a person tithe on an inheritance?


Because an inheritance is part of our “increase,” we should give a portion of it back to the Lord to honor Him.




29. What if I don't have very little money?


That’s not really the point. Remember that tithing is 10% of your income. If you learn to give the “firstfruits” or first 10% to God it doesn’t matter if that equals $10 or $10,000. However, if you wait to tithe with what is left over at the end of the month you will probably find you never have enough to tithe. Tithing may require to you change some of your spending habits and even cut back on things you don’t really need. If we are all honest, we can find lots of things that we spend money on that we don’t need. Here’s something interesting to consider: people who don’t tithe often say “I don’t have any money” and those that do tithe say, “God always provides for all my needs and more!” “But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:42-44)




30. Can I tithe my time instead of money


There is no biblical precedent for tithing your time instead of money. As a matter of fact, we are expected to give God our time and our money, not one or the other. The idea of tithing time is often an excuse people give because they don’t want to part with their money. By the way, to actually tithe your time would mean that you give 73 hours per month to ministry service….that’s a part time job.




31. Shouldn't I just give whatever amount is on my heart?


God’s word says “The heart is deceitful above all things” Jeremiah 17:9. We have to be very careful about relying on what we feel especially when it comes to money. Often this question or statement is an excuse for those who don’t want to tithe. Sometimes 2 Cor. 9:7 is quoted to support this concept. But 2 Cor. 9 is not referring to the tithe, but to a separate benevolent offering Paul was taking to relieve the famine stricken Jerusalem church. So yes, give as much or as little as you want for offerings, but the tithe belongs to God. Isn’t it interesting that when we rely on our “hearts” to determine an amount instead of just obeying God, we often shortchange what God desires? What is ironic though is that as we tithe our hearts do change and we do become more generous! This does not mean that we don’t pray and ask for discernment in giving issues. Giving IS a heart matter. We just need to be carful not to fall into the trap of making excuses for our disobedience. And on the flip side we want to be careful that we don’t slip into legalism by approaching tithing as a “10% tax” and ignore the heart issues of giving.




32. Should I give every week, bi-weekly, or monthly?


That really depends on the person/couple. Some people only get paid bi-weekly so it’s easier to do that. Some people find it easier to give every week…just so they don’t spend it all before they get paid. Those who are on salary often find it easy to calculate a monthly tithe. You should ask others how they find it to work best. The important part is that you tithe not as much if its each week or month.




35. Is my giving kept private?


Yes. There are only a few people in accounting that see your giving. As a church we record it because be are required to by IRS law. Your giving will never be posted or discussed publicly. Note: If you give cash, please put your money in an envelope and write your name on it.




36. Is my donation Tax deductible?


Yes. At the end of the year you will receive a receipt from the New Life Church Business Office who count and record the money throughout the year. Because we are a 501c3 non-profit organization you can count your donation for a tax deduction. Note: If you give cash, please put your money on an envelope and write your name on it.




37. Do the pastors, staff, and their families tithe?


Of course! Modeling is the best way to lead others and we wouldn’t ask people to do things we the staff weren’t willing to do. We continue to stretch ourselves to give above and beyond 10% of our income. God has always been so faithful to provide for all of our needs and much, much more.




38. Can I give online through the Internet?


Yes. You can sign up where you can give your tithe in a secure way thru our online giving page. Additionally, you can create automatic recurring contributions that will help you be faithful in your giving even when you are away or busy serving.




40. What are the benefits of giving online?


There are several benefits to online giving for both you and the church. First Fruits – In Proverbs 3:9 we are taught to honor the Lord with the “First Fruits” of our labor. By setting up a recurring contribution that is scheduled to come out of your account on the day you specify you can ensure that your First Fruits are given back to God.
Simplicity – You will not need to remember if you gave this month or send in your offering checks when you are out of town.
Security – Online giving is more secure than giving with a check in that an electronic gift can’t be lost or stolen.
No Distractions – Instead of needing to worry about writing your tithe check during the service, you can be fully engaged with the worship service, knowing that you have already given your offering.
Helping Quest Church – It is more cost effective for the church to process online contributions. In addition, it also simplifies the financial records the church needs to keep.
Thank you for your generosity and giving. Because of you, we are making an eternal impact in the lives of thousands. Please follow the link below to give online.




20. Where should I give my tithe?


The Bible makes it clear that God expects the tithe to be given back to Him as an act of worship at the place where you worship. “Bring this (tithe) into the Presence of God, your God, at the place He designates for worship.” Deuteronomy 14:23




23. What is the difference between a tithe and gifts or offerings?


The tithe is the first ten percent of income given as an act of worship to support the general ministries of the church. (Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9-10)
Gifts or offerings (generosity) are special gifts which are beyond the tithe given to express one’s desire to help a specific ministry or cause.




24. Doesn’t tithing limit one’s generosity?


Again, the principle of God’s ownership comes into play. God doesn’t own just 10% of our money; He owns 100%. That’s why we should never tithe with the view that the remainder is ours. After giving our tithe, God may impress on us to give an additional amount to a mission fund, building fund, or other good work being done outside the church.




28. Should a person tithe on an inheritance, insurance, legal settlement, or salary bonus, alimony or child support?


Because these are all part of our income, a tithe should be given, we should give a portion of it back to the Lord to honor Him.




4. Why does Quest encourage people to give?


We do so because the Bible explicitly says that money comes from God, not our ability to earn it (Deut 8:17-18), and that we are to be generous towards God with our wealth (Luke 12:21). God tells us to be generous by giving to the ministry of the church (1 Cor 9:13-14, 1 Tim 5:17-18, Mark 12:41-44, Acts 4:34-37) and also to those in need (Matt 25:45). Simply put, without the faithful giving of attenders and members, churches would be hard-pressed to gather. The generous giving of people like you funds everything our church does. It is much better to give than get (Acts 20:35b), and God promises to provide for our needs (Matt 6:26-30) and bless our generosity (2 Cor 9:6-7).




6. What if I don’t give?


Giving is only a possibility if we have income. Some cannot give simply because they have no income. Having no income is usually temporary for people. Once we have money, the Bible says that wherever we invest, use or spend it, reveals what our hearts love the most (Luke 12:34). If we love God above all else, and have a source of income, then the natural response is to give to His purposes first. People are welcome to attend Quest whether they give or not. We want to be a blessing to everyone, and no one has more or less value based on their wealth (James 2:2-4). The consequence for not giving is simply telling God that we love other things more than Him. It reveals a shallow area of our faith. If we pay all our other debts first and don’t return our debt to God, we are prioritizing man above God. A maturing disciple of Jesus gives generously towards God's purposes and those in need.




8. Where does my gift go?


Unless given in a special offering, your gift ultimately goes towards the preaching of the gospel and maturing of the church. For us to gather together and be a light in this city, we have understandable operational costs that all churches and organizations have. Among other things this includes facility, and administration. But, financial giving also goes towards resources that we give to new christians, reaching the lost, discipleship, leadership development, church planting and our monthly tithe to Confluence Churches.




9. How does the church handle their finances?


Our staff and volunteers strive for high levels of integrity. We want to be excellent stewards of the resources God has entrusted us with through the giving of people just like you. Our financial team works hard to achieve this through establishing effective policies, creating and reviewing a budget each year, and submitting ourselves to external audits. Needless to say, we take it seriously.




33. How often should I give?


It’s best to give as we receive. Most people give monthly or bi-weekly, simply because of how their payroll is set up. Those on commission often give whenever they make a sale. The longer we wait to give from our earnings the bigger the temptation to keep it for ourselves, and the easier it is to forget. We should each decide a frequency and method and commit to it. Whatever our frequency is, we should always give with a cheerful heart (2 Cor 9:7).




3. How much should I give?


We should give 100% of everything to Jesus. That’s what it means to be a Christian. In terms of giving to Christian ministry, the Bible teaches that a good place to start is a tithe (Mal 3:8-10), which means 10%. Jesus affirmed this in the New Testament (Matt 23:23). The first-century church appeared to give well above 10%, and seemed to never drop below that level as they were led by the Spirit to give generously (Acts 4:34-35).




34. Why does Quest allow credit card giving?


Why does Quest allow credit card giving? Credit card giving is a safer way to give because the money cannot be misplaced or stolen. Online giving removes the challenge of remembering to bring a checkbook to church and complete a giving envelope. Credit card giving is simple and enables more people to give. However, we would strongly encourage that people only give using credit if they faithfully pay off their total bill each month. We make this clear on the giving page on our website.




39. Why is automated giving the preferred method?


Automation helps us be faithful in honoring God with our finances. Let’s be honest, if we rely on our brains, we are more likely to be less generous towards God. Automation also reduces some logistical and manpower burdens on the church. By setting up direct giving through online banking, there are no processing fees, which happen when giving with a credit card, so 100% is received. Automated giving is easy to set up, and because it’s through online banking, you can make adjustments at any time. It’s better to see our gifts leave our bank accounts automatically and take a moment to thank and worship God, than to pretend to be more holy by writing a check (or giving cash) and accidentally missing a month or two each year. Automation often means more generosity to God. Instructions for automated giving.




1. What is Tithing?


The word tithe means 10%. Tithing is the practice of giving to the Lord 10% of your income. In the Bible God tells us that we are to give the first 10% of all we earn back to Him. Giving less than 10% is not tithing.“The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first place in every area of your life.” Deuteronomy 14:23 LB This is done to honor God for all of His provisions for us, to remind us that He is the ultimate giver and to teach us to trust Him. “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” (Leviticus 27:30)





 

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