other ways to give
- Using your bank’s online bill payment system.
- At our worship services.
- Mail your check to Bay Area Church. 4800 W. Main St. League City, TX 77573.
Why do we give?
We believe the Biblical perspective on stewardship is that everything we have (money and possessions) and everything we are (gifts and talents) is a stewardship from God. He owns us and all we have. Our role is to manage what we have been entrusted with according to His desires.
What is a tithe and offering?
The word tithe literally means one tenth. Generally understood, the principle of tithing is cheerfully giving one tenth of your income to the work of God through the local church. The principle of tithing is taught throughout the Scriptures and is an important part of enabling the Gospel to continue going out into the community and to the ends of the earth. Many believers will choose to give more than ten percent as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Practically, the tithe funds the ongoing ministry of the church. Each year, the church develops and approves a ministry budget including ministry costs, operational costs, and personnel costs. The tithe of the church is designed to meet those budgetary needs.
An offering is a gift above and beyond the tithe. While tithing is a spiritual discipline, an offering may be given for a specific need and for a specific time period. Offerings are not typically designated to meet regular budgeted expenses but instead fund special projects or initiatives. Whether tithing or tithing and giving an offering, Scripture indicates that we should give cheerfully and generously! Christ-followers recognize that all we have is truly God’s and we are stewards of His resources.
Where our finances go...
Once finalized and approved, church members have the opportunity to evaluate the budget and ask questions. At an appointed time following the Q&A, the church body votes to approve the budget. Once approved, ministry staff are required to spend within budgeted amounts in each ministry area. Business meetings open to the church body are held quarterly giving up-to-date financial reports regarding income and expenditures.
Bay Area First Baptist Church employs degreed and experienced accounting professionals to handle all funds received and expenditures paid.
The Finance Team at Bay Area is made up of seven individuals approved by the church to coordinate with the ministry staff in all areas related to finances. The team consists of well-qualified individuals representing a broad spectrum of accounting and financial disciplines. Independent
Bay Area is committed to voluntary audits by an independent Certified Public Accounting firm.