The purpose of the Stewardship Ministry is to serve as a resource to help people learn and practice biblical financial principles so they can move from financial bondage to financial freedom. The Bible has more to say about money than nearly any other subject. Our use of money is an indicator of our love relationship with God. The Bible teaches God is the creator and owner of all things. He has given us the responsibility of managing that which He has entrusted to us, and the Bible teaches we are held accountable for how we manage all of His resources.
The Stewardship Ministry of Second Baptist is a resource to assist individuals and families in primarily two areas, Personal Financial Coaching and Financial Classes. Both are designed to help people learn how to manage their financial resources from a biblical perspective, establish a spending plan, and become financially free. We believe when we are financially free, we can give more, save more, serve more, and go more for our Lord. For information about the Stewardship Ministry, call Rich Miller at 417.887.3111 ext. 140 or contact Rich by email.
Second Baptist believes God expects us to give the first-fruits of our increase back to Him through the local church to evangelize, disciple, and minister to others. By giving, we acknowledge that God has given us everything we possess, He is the true owner of everything, and we are His trustees. “On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save to the extent that he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come” (1 Corinthians 16:2 HCSB).
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand” (1 Chronicles 29:14 HCSB).
We believe the Bible teaches we are to give at least 10% of our income, and God blesses our obedience and faithfulness. “Bring the full 10 percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure” (Malachi 3:10 HCSB). Giving of tithes and offerings to Second Baptist may be done in several ways.
Online giving through our website is safe and convenient. When you click on the GIVE NOW link above, you will be directed to the inFellowship portal. Click on “sign up” to create your login and password. Personal information will be requested in order to accurately record your contribution and capture the information needed for tax purposes. For more details, please read our Privacy Statement. After you are signed in to inFellowship, click on “Your Giving.” At that page, click on “Give Now” for one-time gifts or “Schedule Giving” for recurring gifts. The choices at the following page allow you to give to the Budget Offering, Foundations For The Future for church planting, or the World Missions Offering for our work with missions partners around the world. Another choice says, I would like to give by Personal check or Credit card. Using your checking account is the most cost efficient method for the church, and costs us about 80% less than when credit or debit cards are used. Keep in mind, the church highly discourages using a credit card for tithes and offerings, so if you choose the card method, please use a debit card. After entering the required information about your account, click on “Continue” and “Process this payment” or “Process this schedule” at the next page.
If you desire, you may place an empty offering envelope in the plate or bucket during any worship service and simply write on the front of the envelope “Give Online” when you use any online giving option. Please do not write an amount on the envelope if you give online. For additional questions about online giving, call Sherry Richardson at 417.887.3111 ext. 115 or contact Sherry by email. If you prefer to no longer receive envelopes, please let Sherry know.
Giving marketable securities may offer additional tax savings to the donor. You may avoid capital gains on donated securities you have owned for over one year and receive a tax deduction for the full value of the security on the date of transfer. For more information, please call Rich Miller at 417.887.3111 ext. 140 or contact Rich by email.
Appropriate estate planning is part of faithful stewardship. Estate planning may be the single largest act of stewardship that we will ever perform. As you consider the preparation of your will, trust, estate and financial plans, we suggest you consider including not only your immediate family, but charitable causes as well, including your church. Leaving an organized estate plan, which clearly states your wishes, may provide a lasting legacy and a great example of good stewardship. Please consider cash, real estate, life insurance, stocks, bonds, retirement accounts and various assets as means of providing perpetual support for your family and church. A legacy gift will assist in helping the church meet its long-term ministry, missions, and church planting goals of making disciples for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ inside and outside the walls of our church. To discuss ways of doing this, please call Rich Miller at 417.887.3111 ext. 140 or contact Rich by email.
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