Traditionally, money in the form of cash or checks is placed in basket circulated through the congregation during Sunday services. In most cases the gift is inserted into a church envelope with the members ID number. The ID number allows tracking of donations during the year. At year end a statement is provided to the member which can be used to support a charitable deduction to the IRS. All donations go the the General Fund unless specified otherwise.
The source of Regular giving stems from the biblical view of tithing. The tithe was an offering from the law of Moses requiring 10 percent of an Israelite's firstfruits. Because God provided the harvest, the first part was returned to Him. The word tithe literally means "tenth." So giving from our firstfruits, is giving from our income.
Regular giving allows our church to pay for staff, operating expenses, and provides support for our various ministries.
Electronic giving can simplify the repetitious nature of traditional giving by setting up regular automatic payments.
Endowment giving, also referred to as planned giving, is a method people use to determine how they and their estate will make gifts throughout their lifetime and after their death. Unlike regular giving, the source of endowment gifts typically come from our assets. Some examples would include a bequest from a will or living trust, or a life insurance policy.