online giving q&a

They gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.  

--2 Corinthians 8:3-5 (NLT)

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Q: Is online giving good or bad?

A: It depends on your purpose and motive. Any commitment can become routine if you don’t pray about it to get God’s direction. A husband can routinely and casually say “I love you” to his wife, without his heart being in it. Just singing a worship song without focusing on God makes it empty and meaningless. Online giving is simply an additional, optional convenient method for you to fulfill promises you and/or your family have made to God about managing your entire income and resources. With God’s approval, this method can provide a way to maintain consistency and discipline in funding the local and international ministries of Destiny. 

Q: What does the Bible teach as the starting level for my giving?  

A: The biblical starting point taught by Jesus and commanded by God is 10% of your income. It’s called a “tithe” (Leviticus 27:30-33; Malachi 3:8; Matthew 23:23; Luke 18:11-12). God expects you to give it first, not just what is leftover at the end of your month or paycheck (Proverbs 3:9-10).

Q: Why should a member give?

A: Giving in general protects your heart commitments (Matthew 6:21), makes you more like Jesus (John 3:16), limits greed (Luke 12:15; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Matthew 6:24), is an investment in eternity (1 Timothy 6:18-19), and increases sensitivity to needs (Acts 20:35; Proverbs 11:25). Tithing is a reminder that God owns everything and provides for our every need (Deuteronomy 14:23; Philippians 4:19), money is given to us by God (Deuteronomy 8:18), expresses our love to God (Psalm 116:12; Deuteronomy 16:17), avoids God’s judgment while inviting His blessing (Malachi 3:8-10), and proves we trust God (John 14:15; 2 Corinthians 8:7-8). When you give, you are making a statement that your confidence is in God alone to meet your needs, not your abilities or resources. Giving is just a sign that you believe in and submit to God’s total control over your life. It puts you in a position to be blessed!

Q: Are there other directions for giving?  

A: Believers should give prayerfully (2 Corinthians 8:3-4), strategically (2 Corinthians 9:7a,12), regularly or consistently with a plan (1 Corinthians 16:2), quietly (Matthew 6:3-4), proportionally (2 Corinthians 8:11-13), generously (2 Corinthians 9:6), cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), and believing God will meet every need (2 Corinthians 9:8-11).

Q: Where does the money go?

A: All undesignated gifts go directly to the general ministry budget of the church. Designated gifts are immediately flagged and channeled to your stated destination. One-time giving to special projects ranging from disaster relief to mission trips will be another category option.

Q: Can I direct my gift to a particular fund or cause?

A: Contributions can be made to the following funds:

•General Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to support the ministries and staff.

•Missions Fund: Gifts to this fund are sent to missionaries for international needs & projects. 

•Building Fund: Gifts to this fund are invested to prepare for the future lease or purchase of property and/or buildings.

•Benevolence Fund: Gifts to this fund are used for assisting people in economic distress. 

Q: What about giving to people going on a mission trip?

A: Tax deductions are allowed for contributions made for individuals going on mission trips if the trip involves no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation or vacation and if the church has full accounting and administrative control over the contribution to be sure that it is used for travel and mission related expenses.

Q: What about giving to Missionaries?

A: Contributions to independent, faith-funded missionaries that are officially endorsed and supported by Destiny Church should be made directly to their sending organization (e.g., Wycliffe, M.A.R.C.—Missionary Aviation Repair Center in Alaska). The missionary will receive the funds faster and you will receive a contribution statement for a tax deduction from that organization. 

Q: What are the different ways I can give?

A: Contributions are received in the following ways:

•Offerings are collected during the Sunday morning worship service

•By U.S. Mail to: Destiny Church, 437 West Butler Road, Mauldin, SC 29662.

•Online Giving

•Bill Paying Services through your personal bank can be used. 

•Stock gifts can be arranged through our Financial Director/Treasurer by contacting the Office.

•Real estate and personal property donations will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our Financial Director/Treasurer at the Office to set up an appointment for a consultation.

•Wills can designate Destiny Church as the beneficiary. Contact your attorney. 

Q: How can I make sure I get a tax deduction for my giving?

A: Things to keep in mind when making your contribution:

•To receive a tax deduction, contributions must be given unconditionally and without personal benefit to any individual. With the exception of mission trips, donations that designate a specific person, such as a pastor will be considered a gift and therefore are not tax deductible. 

•If you are giving cash and would like it recorded to your contribution record, please pick up an envelope from our Financial Director, and be sure to include your name and address as well as the designation. If giving by check, an envelope is not needed. 

•When making a contribution by check, please record the designation in the memo section of the check. 

•Credit for tax deductions in the current year must be received by the church or be postmarked by December 31. You cannot back date a check to receive a tax deduction after the year has ended. 

•We cannot assign a value for gifts of stock or non-cash gifts. You will be entitled to a tax deduction based on the value as determined under IRS regulations. 

•Stock must be received by our broker by December 31 to be included on your current year contribution statement.  

Q: What about Contribution Statements?

A: Contribution statements are mailed in January for the previous year's donations. Please keep contact information up to date by clicking on the link provided on the main GIVING page.