First Things First
The first belongs to God. We find this principle all through God's Word. Tithing, giving God the first ten percent of our income to the local church, is the primary way we acknowledge that God is first. (Proverbs 3:9,10)
Know Giving, Know Life
Giving is the antidote for materialism. Whereas the tithe is giving ten percent of your income to the local church, an offering is given out of the ninety percent of your income. Therefore the offering is giving over and above the tithe. The Bible says that by giving generously we are able to "take hold of the life that is truly life." You aren't really living unless you are freely giving. (I Timothy 6:18,19)
The Treasure Test
Giving is the only area in the Bible where God invites us to test Him. Give your tithe (the first 10% of your income) to God and see if He does not open the floodgates of heaven to bless you in ways that you never dreamed possible. (Malachi 3:10)
An Eternal Investment
Even when the stock market's down, you can make an investment that pays dividends for a lifetime and beyond. By investing in the life-changing message of Jesus, you can leverage your money for eternal purposes. (I Timothy 6:7)
VIDEO: Watch Generosity Is Worth It, the most recent Milestone message on biblical stewardship (from our series, It's Worth It).
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University
This 9-week study will help you to get out of debt, save, give, and set up a budget. Dave’s practical and energetic delivery make this an enjoyable financial learning experience. Visit our Stewardship Page find out next launch date.
Difference between tithe and offering
Financial giving can be divided into two categories: tithes and offerings. The Bible teaches us that we worship the Lord with our tithe, which is ten percent of our income contributed to the church on a regular basis. When we feel called to give over and above our tithe, we do so as an offering.
Online Giving Security
The online giving form is encrypted with 128-bit encryption security. Encryption is a process that scrambles information into a format that unauthorized parties can not decode or utilize. 128-bit encryption is the strongest, most secure form of encryption generally utilized in Internet browsers in North America.
Online Giving & Credit Cards
Milestone Church does not advocate going into debt to give to the church or any other ministry. Online giving is a convenient tool to help you regularly, and automatically give your tithe and offering. We encourage you to use a debit card if you do not pay your monthly balance.
While we have opened up the use of credit cards for tithes, we still strongly encourage the use of electronic funds transfer rather than credit card for two primary reasons:
1) Although many pay off their credit cards each month, many also do not.
2) We do not want to encourage someone to go into debt and pay interest on gifts given to the church.
With electronic transfer, your entire gift goes to the church. When using a credit card, as much as 3% of your gift can go to the credit card company.
Donations of stock or other assets
Stock or other assets may be donated to Milestone Church. Please notify our Finance Team at 817-812-3600 if you wish to donate stock or other assets. Stock may be donated to Milestone Church by transferring investments to our account at Wells Fargo. Please notify our Finance Team of any pending transfers so that we can be aware of any activity and handle it properly.
IF STOCK IS IN CERTIFICATE FORM: Please contact our Finance Team at 817-812-3600 for instructions on donating stock that is in certificate form.
FOR BROKER TO BROKER TRANSFER OF GIFT OF STOCK: Please give the following instructions to the firm the shares are coming from:
Wells Fargo Advisors
For Account #6999 7053
Name of Account: Milestone Church
# of Shares to Transfer: ($ Amount)
You will receive a receipt of your tax-deductible gifts in accordance with IRS requirements. Please let us know if you have any specific needs regarding the timing of these notifications, otherwise you will receive only the minimum summary of your gifts necessary to meet government standards.