Giving to support Gospel Ministry
We have enormous opportunities for gospel work in the areas around us. However, we need the financial support of our members to grasp those opportunities. St James Church is entirely dependent on the giving of the church family. We therefore ask everyone who considers St James to be their spiritual home to consider making some contribution, however large or small, to our ministry.
Our expenditure supports our strategic aims, which are:
- to turn un-churched people into committed followers of Christ;
- to strengthen believers in their walk with God; and
- to send out people to serve Christ.
If you have any queries about financial matters, please speak to the church treasurer (Phillip van Blerk) or one of the members of the church Management Council (tel. 021-6717070).
Why should I give?
Here are three key principles that can help us get the right perspective on giving to our local church:
- God, being rich in mercy, gave His only Son to die for us. Having received such undeserved generosity, we should be motivated to give generously in response. We are to be like God - ready, not reluctant givers, for God loves a cheerful giver. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; that though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor, that through His poverty you might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
- All things come from God. As God's people, we are responsible to support His work with His money. This work includes all the various ministries of the church - preaching and teaching, pastoring, training, missions, children's and youth ministries, and so on. As we do this, we share in God's mission to “unite all things in Christ as Lord.” (Ephesians 1:10)
- The Bible teaches that giving brings its own rewards. Firstly, those who receive the gift will be grateful to God, and the giver. Secondly, God supplies the resources to enable people to go on giving. Thirdly, those who give will be blessed by God. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Test me in this” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it”. (Malachi 3:10)
How much should I give?
The New Testament criteria: sacrificial, generous, cheerful
For Christians under the New Covenant, there is no hard and fast rule, though the tithe of the Old Testament is a good general guide. The New Testament is far more radical - we are to be generous and sacrificial in our giving. The New Testament gives us guidelines to help us see God's perspective. Jesus commends the widow who gave her few coins, which, unlike the gifts of others, was not out of surplus funds, but what she needed to live on (Mark 12:43-44). Paul commends the churches in
Here are some ideas you might find helpful:
- Plan a household budget for the year and decide how much to give on a monthly basis to the Lord's work in relation to anticipated spending on other needs.
- You might decide to give a fixed percentage of gross income. This can become a pattern for future years, automatically adjusting for inflation and any change in your means.
- Give priority to the group from which you receive regular Christian teaching and fellowship, in most cases, the local church.
How will what I give be spent?
The church's budget is presented at the Annual Vestry Meeting (AVM). All members of the church are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the decision-making process.
Q & A
Some Questions and Answers
1. Surely central funds pay for the support of the church staff?
Each congregation has to be self-supporting within the Church of England in
2. I already give generously to a number of other Christian and charitable organizations. I can't afford to give to the local church as well.
If you benefit from the ministry of your local church, then it must have the first claim on your giving. The local community is where the mission of the church begins - as Jesus Himself pointed out in the Great Commission, and members have an obligation to fund ministry in their local church.
3. I don't have much of an income. I don't think I should be asked to give.
It's true that the privilege of giving most should belong to those who have the most to give. But the principle is clear: we should all be prepared to give from what God has given us, no matter how small. What matters is our commitment.
What are the options for giving?
At St James Church, we try to make it easy for you to give. There is a range of options from which you may choose to contribute to the ministry here and beyond.
Put loose cash in the offertory bags
This kind of giving depends on cash being available to use, and depends on you being present.
Use of tithe envelopes available to all our members on our mailing list
This kind of giving is completely anonymous. It also helps maintain systematic giving and helps the church to budget.
This kind of giving is completely anonymous and is helpful from a security point of view.
You can make St James Church a beneficiary in your Will. You should talk to an attorney about this, but we will provide a sample wording for inclusion in your Will upon request.
Electronic banking (EFT)
Many people find electronic banking a very convenient way to give. Simply add St James Church as one of your beneficiaries and give each month when you pay your monthly bills. You can also set recurring payments so that it operates like a debit order, but that you can control and amend as you see fit.
If you do not have access to internet banking, you might wish to use a debit order. You will need to complete the relevant forms at your bank. Please speak to the treasurer if you have any queries.
These automated methods of giving must be budgeted in advance - an excellent way to be disciplined in your giving. They are also convenient and don't depend on your memory, and they give the church immediate access to funds.
Does direct giving maintain confidentiality?
Yes. Not even the Treasurer will know your name and the amount you have chosen to give.
Can I alter or cancel the arrangements?
Yes. At any time you choose, you can easily change or completely cancel the arrangements.
BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS
BANK: Standard Bank
BRANCH CODE: 026209
ACCOUNT NAME: St James Church
ACCOUNT NO. : 072921137