Giving Top Tips & Ideas

Why give money away?

  • Because by doing so we get to share in God’s generosity and partner with Him in His great purposes.
  • Because we show what we value by what we give to.
  • Because it makes us more like Jesus: “Every time I give, my heart grows bigger. Every time I give, I become more like Jesus.” (Rick Warren).
  • Because it sets us free from the spirit of materialism “Every time you give, you break the grip of materialism in your life.” (Rick Warren).
  • “When I start feeling anxious about money, I give some away.” (Mark Ashton).

A couple of encouragements

  • Jesus’ teaching on the poor widow’s offering (Mark 12) proves that small gifts matter a lot to God!
  • You can’t outgive God!

Tips for new givers 

  • Give according to your means… and don’t give to the church if you’re struggling with debt. (If you are, do get in touch with our CAP centre as they’d love to help you!)
  • Give according to God’s priorities: a) Ministry that spreads the gospel of salvation b) Ministry that blesses the poor c) Other things close to God’s heart (e.g. caring for aging parents).
  • Give according to your relative abundance.
  • Let God prove His faithfulness to you: If you’re nervous about whether you can make ends meet, start by giving a little regularly and see whether God enables you to sustain it.
  • “Honour the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops …” (Proverbs 3:9). In other words: Let giving be our first consideration in our financial planning rather than our last thought. (It doesn’t say “last-fruits”!)
  • Decide what principle or percentage you want to commit to, and go for it.
  • In financial planning, distinguish between “needs” and “wants”… and prioritise needs (e.g. bills and essentials).

Tips for established givers

  • Aim for lifelong, high impact giving. Remember the blessing you will be part of!
  • Acknowledge our first world responsibilities: God has blessed most Christians in the West with a great opportunity: to turn our first world blessing into first world giving.
  • Beware “follow through lethargy”: “Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it.” (2 Cor 8:11).
  • Giving is always a “double decision”: decide you want to + decide to do it.
  • Create a “follow through plan” for every good intention.
  • Minimise the number of conversations and decisions you need to make.
  • Suggestion for married couples: Defer to the most generous voice.
  • Intentionally review your giving once a year, e.g. Pledge Sunday.
  • “Gain all you can. Save all you can. Then give all you can.” (John Wesley). Caveat: Sometimes saving time is more important than saving money (e.g. pay more for a ready meal / takeaway to enable more quality time with spouse or kids).
  • Give a little bit more than you feel comfortable giving.
  • Let the generosity of the poor inspire you.
  • If you’ve been giving for a while, what can you do to make it more sacrificial? Are there 2 ways that I could reasonably simplify? Is there 1 way that I might radically simplify?
  • Have a healthy scepticism of first world definitions of “need”: It can be sensible to pay more for (lasting) quality, but well worth asking whether I need to pay even more simply for the name. (e.g. some people could save thousands on a car and still have a great car.)
  • Discover the joy of thanks offerings, e.g. If you’ve just enjoyed a special holiday and you’re really grateful to God for it, why not express that in a one-off gift.

Further help

If you would value help in how to manage your personal finances or how to work out a workable plan for regular giving, do contact our CAP centre manager.

Thank you for your generous financial donations, without which, the outworking of 
St Mark’s vision would not be possible!

St Mark’s ongoing vision is that we might be a community:
 
GROWING DEEPER in our relationship with God,
GROWING CLOSER in our fellowship with one another, and
GROWING FURTHER in our impact in our community and our world.
 
WILL YOU PLEDGE FOR 2018-19?
If you are a Member and have not completed a Pledge Card yet, why not do it online here? Your Pledge helps the Finance Department plan ahead.
 
HOW YOU CAN GIVE
Regularly by Standing Order
A Standing Order is easy to set up with your Bank or Building Society and payment can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.  If you would like to give by Standing Order, please download the form below, complete and return it to St Mark’s Finance Department (please also ensure you complete the Gift Aid Declaration section).
   
Additionally, please notify the Finance Department if you cancel or change your Standing Order, change your name or address, or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains for St Mark’s to claim Gift Aid.
 
If giving via Standing Order is not best for you, there are other ways of giving here.
 
Gift Aid (Tax Efficient Funding)
UK Tax Payers:  If you are a UK tax payer (Income or Capital Gains Tax) and would like St Mark’s to claim back the basic rate tax through the Government’s Gift Aid scheme, you will need complete either the Gift Aid Declaration on the Standing Order Instruction above, or the Gift Aid Declaration below, if you have not done so already.  This will enable St Mark’s to recover the basic rate of income tax, currently 25p for each pound given, at no extra cost to you. 
 
Higher Rate UK Tax Payers:  If you pay higher or additional rate tax, you may recover this through your own tax return.  Alternatively, you may pass on this extra tax to St Mark’s by giving via your employer’s payroll giving scheme (Payroll Giving).
 
If you are a UK higher rate (40 per cent) or additional rate (45 per cent) income tax payer and you give to St Mark’s directly and allow us to reclaim the basic rate tax through Gift Aid then you may recover, through your tax return, the difference between the basic rate tax that St Mark’s recovers and the higher or additional rate that you have paid. 
If you give via Payroll Giving then, because you are giving ‘pre-tax’, you are able to pass on the full benefit of your tax to St Mark’s immediately – see ‘Other Ways of Giving’. 
 

Biblical Principles

If you want to think through the Bible’s teaching on giving further, why not download this paper by Stuart Lees at ChristChurch Fulham? Or visit our Giving Tips & Ideas page.
 

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