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Letter from the Senior Pastor

Finances at DRCC: Your Role and God’s Promise  

 
Stewardship is the Bible’s key word in the area of finances.  In Scripture, a steward is the trusted manager of his master’s resources.  He is granted authority and freedom in his management, while remembering a steward is not the owner, but only the manager of his Lord’s resources.  The steward will give an accounting for how he used the resources entrusted to him.  Jesus taught us that we are stewards of God’s resources: the managers, not the ultimate owners, of all our time, treasure and talents (Matthew 25:14-39).  Everything we have is a gift from God, including our next breath.   

Stewardship is a partnership with God in which He grants us life, capacities, gifts and resources.  In turn, we give to Him our obedient trust and faithfulness in using all these resources in a God-honoring way.  This changes our financial landscape from a: “Mine, all mine…my precious” Gollum-like attitude of tight-fisted possession, to open-handed, joyful generosity rooted in our trust and security in God’s power, provision and concern for our needs.

The giving-question shifts from how much of my resources does God require me to give Him—and why; to how much of God’s resources should I keep for myself—and why. Deciding the real owner determines our attitude.

The Bible’s benchmark for stewardship is the tithe (tenth), which, in the Old Testament was always the first-fruits tenth of any type of increase.  In the New Testament, God’s call for a tithe does not diminish, it deepens into the radical call to give over everything we have and all our heart, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the Lordship of Christ for His service (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The tithe remains Jesus’ tangible benchmark or starting point for growing in radical generosity (Matthew 23:23).  The tithe is backed by God’s covenant promise that is unmatched for the clarity of its positive challenge:   “Bring the whole tithe into My storehouse that there may be provision in My house. Test Me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it!” Malachi 3:10.  Wow!

Consider who it is speaking.  This is not an offer to pass on lightly.  The LORD Almighty calls us to a choice about how we view/use resources.  The way we respond to the choice of stewardship or ownership has great consequences for every part of life (Matthew 24:44-51).  Giving breaks the grip of greed, grows our trust and teaches us the priority of relationships over things.  The ripple effect of tithing in individual lives, in marriages and families is beautiful.  I see it often.

Jesus said that how we manage financial resources is a crucial indicator of the depth and reality of our trust in Him as Lord. The true financial question is not: Can I trust God?  Rather the real question is: Can God trust me?  Repeatedly Jesus warns that, more than any other form of idolatry, it is money which most easily reigns as a pseudo-god supplanting the true God in our hearts (Matthew 6:24).

So as we trust God to the point of being active partners of all the resources He entrusts to us, then in even deeper ways God can begin to trust us with Kingdom gifts.  He knows we will not be reservoirs but rivers of His resources. Living this way really begins the adventure described in Ephesians 3:20-21:  Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or even imagine according to His power that is at work in us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus in all generations, now and forever.  Amen. 

I see this adventure beginning here at Damascus Road. And we have yet to see or even imagine to what heights the risen Christ will take a unified, transparent, high-integrity community of people who trust themselves and their God-given resources into God’s hands for God’s glory.  The best is yet to come.
 

In His Grace,


Richard Fredericks Ph.D.
Senior Pastor

 

Giving Options

There are several secure and convenient options to financially support the Lord’s work here at Damascus Road.

Online Giving: It is now possible for you to securely give your regular tithes, pledges and special offerings online with an e-check, your credit or debit card. To give online, just click the "ONLINE GIVING" link on the right side menu to proceed to the Online Giving Module.

Weekend Services: Just place your check or cash in the offering during any weekend service. Be sure to include your name and current address on your check (payable to DRCC) so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes. If your gift is in cash and you would like a giving receipt for tax purposes, giving envelopes are available in the seat back pockets to record your contact information. These envelopes may also be used to mail your gift (checks only, please) to the church office.

Online Bill Pay: This is an easy and effective way to systematically give through your checking or savings account. Simply log onto your individual bank account and follow your bank’s instructions to set up Damascus Road Community Church as a new payee.

Gifts of Stocks and Bonds: Damascus Road is able to receive gifts of stocks and bonds through our brokerage account. Please contact our Church Administrator for the instructions you will need to provide to your brokerage firm for this transaction.

What Your Giving Supports

When you entrust your offering to Damascus Road Community Church, we pledge to employ it with the highest integrity and strategic direction to share the Gospel; encourage Christ followers to full devotion; and provide food, clothing and comfort to under-resourced individuals and families in our area and in Honduras, India and South Africa.

General Fund: Your giving makes it possible for us to resource our ministries and our volunteers so that all we do to the glory of God is done with excellence. Here’s just a sample of what your giving supports:

Children’s Sunday school curriculum, snacks and supplies; youth church and Alien Nation supplies; Bible studies; congregational care - e.g., military support; communion supplies; volunteer team meetings; music and tech equipment; prayer ministry; mortgage and utility bills; facility and property maintenance; staff salaries; Haven ministry; local and international missions – and much, much more!

How General Funds are Allocated

These charts represent how our FY 2011-2012 budget is allocated amongst our ministries and operating needs.

 

Restricted Giving/Special Projects: While we encourage our members to give their tithes and offerings to our General Fund, we understand there are times that someone will receive a prompting to restrict their special offering to a specific purpose. We honor those restrictions to the best of our abilities. If we are unable to use a restricted gift for the intended purpose, we will contact the donor to discuss an alternative use of the funds or a refund.

On occasion, Damascus Road ministries are authorized to ask for donations for special projects or mission teams. If you ever have questions about a donation request made in the church’s name, please do not hesitate to contact us to verify the details.

Financial Accountability

We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
2 Corinthians 8:20-21 NIV

 

"All our time, treasure and talents belong to God. Our energy and resources should be offered joyfully, allocated effectively and used faithfully—with absolute integrity and high accountability."

 

This statement from our Core Values expresses our deeply held belief that as stewards of God’s resources, we must manage the financial resources entrusted to us  -  held to the highest standards possible both from a human perspective as well as God’s. To do this we have established a system of checks and balances; internal and external controls; and budgeting and reporting processes.

  • Monthly – our Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) reviews all payment transactions, income and expense reports, bank statements and balance sheets. FOC members are banking, accounting and finance professionals.
  • Monthly – the FOC chair gives a status report and copies of the financials to the Board of Trustees. The FOC chair is a permanent member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Quarterly – We mail giving statements to donors for you to check against your records and to assure that your gifts are being used as you intended. Donor records are kept strictly confidential.
  • Annually – the FOC and Trustees prepare an operating budget that is presented to the congregation for their review and affirmation.
  • Annually – our financial records are reviewed by an outside, independent certified public accounting firm.

We welcome inquiries about our financial practices. Copies of the operating budget for the current fiscal year which runs from July 1 through June 30 and the most recently reviewed financial statement are available by calling our Church Administrator.

 

Giving Contact

Director of Operations
Debbie Lawrence
(301) 829-3722

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