Why We Don’t Take Offerings
The Church Up The Street handles finances differently than most congregations: We do not take offerings nor do we have a church bank account, and we never will. We can confidently say that we do not want people’s money. Many people ask us why we operate this way and how we can operate this way. Here are several answers:
First, we believe the Gospel will be more effectively communicated to the lost if we take away the constant complaint of non-Christians: “They just want my money!” We don’t, and our philosophy about giving is proof.
Secondly, we want to free people to use the money they would normally give their church to minister to others. If the neighbor or co-worker you are sharing the Gospel with is in financial need, we want you to be able to give to meet that need, in the name of Jesus. A heartfelt openness to the gospel will often be the result.
We also want to free people to tangibly meet the needs of fellow disciples who are in need. Jesus Christ commanded us to love one another, and this view of giving helps us all be able to do it. We encourage everyone who is a part of The Church Up The Street to open a special checking account for this very purpose. We call them “Kingdom Accounts”, and each person can regularly set aside whatever amount God puts on their hearts and give as He directs.
Let’s face it, many people are torn between giving to their local congregations and giving to others in need. Often, we can not do both and must choose between one or the other. By telling people we do not need or want their money, they are free to give to whatever need God puts on their heart: a fellow Christian, someone they are sharing Christ with, or any worthy ministry.
How can we possibly do this? It is actually quite simple. Think about how much money is spent on church meeting facilities, overhead expenses and salaries. The amount is staggering. We have eliminated these, and that is why we don’t need to take offerings. We meet in places that are already paid for: Business, and homes. Our leaders volunteer because they have other sources of income and do not need to be paid.
Those who are part of The Church Up The Street are extremely generous people. They are free to follow God’s leading, and to actively minister and serve others through their finances. When a person approaches giving this way, they often get to see God do amazing things through their lives!