Why do we give?
Jesus teaches that the leading competitor for our devotion to God is money (Matthew 6:24). Like athletes who discipline themselves in order to win, giving is a discipline that turns our hearts toward God, tangibly shows compassion for people, and allows us to invest in eternity.
How we handle money
For many people, the subjects of Church and money are like oil and water. We get that.
Because we care about the mission Jesus gave his people of making disciples who love God, love people and serve the world, we recognize money is part of the equation. If you had no money, you’d have no home, no car, no ability to create a better future. No money, no life. If the mission of the Church has no money, leaders aren’t developed, resources aren’t put in the service of mission, the next generation is not raised up, people aren’t reached and transformed. No money, no mission.
Because the mission Jesus gave the Church is everything to us, we want everything out in the open. Our books are open. Any member can see the books (email or call the Church Office 219-762-6544 to set up an appointment) Our staff prepares the budget annually along with our Ministry leaders, our Board approves the budget, and the Congregation is invited to see it.