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 and minister to others and to acknowledge that He has given us everything we possess. “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). 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).
While we believe giving is part of our worship experience, we offer online giving as a convenience. Online giving allows you to set-up giving using an automatic bank draft to your bank account. To set up online giving for recurring payments, click here to download the Automated Giving Authorization Form and submit it to the Finance Office. Online giving can be either weekly or monthly. Please allow at least one week for initial setup of online giving. Alternatively, you can take advantage of Online Banking with your financial institution to send payments to Second at any time. If you desire, you may place an empty offering envelope in the plate or bucket during worship and simply write on the front of the envelope, “Give Online.” Please do not write an amount on the envelope if you give online. Second intentionally does not accept giving by credit card. We feel it is not right to potentially put someone in the position of going into debt to give tithes and offerings. For additional questions about online giving, call Sherry Richardson at 417.887.3111 ext. 115 or contact Sherry by email.
Giving Marketable Securities
Giving marketable securities may offer additional tax savings to the donor. You may avoid capital gains on donated securities you have owned for at least 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. We urge you to consider the legacy of good stewardship you want to leave. 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. Please consider cash, real estate, life insurance plans, stocks and 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 and missions goals of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ inside and outside the walls of the 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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