Giving is one of the most delightful and terrifying things we do. Few things are more fun than giving someone exactly what they want, few things more painful than having a gift awkwardly rejected. Because giving is so central to our human experience, it’s also an important aspect of our community life at Reservoir Church; we can do so much more together than any of us can do alone.
Giving can be fun when we know we are part of making something great happen. At the same time, money can be a source of anxiety. We can wonder, is this a good time for me to give? What is the right amount to give? Is it really worth it? Will I be judged by what I give?
In the past, some of us may have felt pressured into giving to churches or other organizations. At Reservoir Church, we believe that financial partnership with our community can be a life-giving opportunity, and we hope that everyone who comes here feels complete freedom to embrace that opportunity however God leads. One model that members of our community have found helpful is to ask God how, and how much, to give. Many of us find that, in having this conversation with God, he takes away our fears about money—often in surprising ways.
How to Give to Reservoir Church
We explicitly ask visitors to give us nothing, but the work of Reservoir Church does rely upon the generosity of our community members. If you give to Reservoir Church, consider some common ways our members give: tithing to this church (10 percent of your gross income); giving $100 per month ($1,200 per year); giving $100 per week ($5,200 per year).
There are a variety of ways we accept donations. Some of our members give as part of their worship on Sundays. Others automate regular giving through their bank. We also have an online giving option where you can set up payments from your bank account or via credit card.
A note about credit cards: credit card debt is a major issue in our society. Please do not give to us via credit card if this is an area of concern for you.
We are deeply committed to responsible and ethical use of funds. Our board provides financial oversight to the church, we practice extensive cash management controls, and we publish annually fully audited financial reports for all of our givers. All donations are tax-deductible.
Reservoir Church’s Giving
In addition to funding and supporting our own outreach and work in our city, we give over 10 percent of our budget each year to individuals and organizations doing great work in our city, our region, and around the world. One of these partners is Rebuild Africa, an organization that focuses on improving education as a way to equip and rebuild the nation of Liberia. Founded by Bill Massaquoi, who attended our church while enrolled at MIT, Rebuild Africa’s current projects include training teachers in the capital, Monrovia, and building a new primary school in Fassavolu, a farming village nine hours to the north.
Our other partners throughout the world work with refugees, promote sustainable human development, start vibrant and accessible churches, and support healthy relationships and communities. We are glad to have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people and organizations share Jesus’ love and healing, on both an individual and community scale.
Reservoir Church’s International Initiatives team helps us stay engaged with work we are connected to around the world. To learn more or get involved, please contact email@example.com.