WHY
WE
GIVE

The New Testament pattern of giving that we see in 1 Corinthians 16 and 2 Corinthians 9 is cheerful, voluntary, generous, and proportional (“as he prospers” 1 Corinthians 16:2). The apostle Paul reminds us that this kind of giving results in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11-12); therefore, we believe that giving is an act of worship as much as singing, praying, and preaching. Your giving allows us to engage in missions in our city and world through gospel proclamation and caring for the vulnerable. We are also able to serve our brothers and sisters who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.


HOW
TO
GIVE

ONLINE GIVING

You can give online by debit card, credit card, or by direct debit from your checking or savings account. Giving by credit card reduces your donation by the amount of the credit card fee, so we encourage you to consider giving regularly by direct debit.


TEXT TO GIVE

You can give by text by sending a text with the dollar amount of your gift to the number 84321. You will receive a text with a link to a page where you can choose Bayou City Fellowship and link it to your giving source. After that, every time you send a dollar amount to 84321, the donation will be made to Bayou City Fellowship.


CHECK OR CASH

You can always give by cash or check. We have a time of giving during each Sunday gathering, or you can mail checks to:

Bayou City Fellowship
9597 Jones Rd., #351
Houston, TX 77065

Please do not mail cash.


OTHER
GIVING
OPTIONS

GIVE APPRECIATED STOCK

Gifts of appreciated stock allow you to receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value at the time of the donation without having to pay capital gains tax on the increase in the value of the stock. Contact Accounting using the contact form below to make arrangements to transfer your stock donation.


EMPLOYER MATCHING

Some companies will match charitable gifts, meaning that your gift will count even more. Ask your employer if you think this option applies to you.


GIVING AFFILIATES

Amazon.com
When you use AmazonSmile for your Amazon purchases, 0.5% of the purchase price goes to Bayou City Fellowship. Bookmark the link here and support Bayou City each time you shop.


Kroger
When you shop at Kroger stores, you can link your Kroger Plus Card to #36850 through their Kroger Community Rewards program and Bayou City Fellowship will earn rewards every time you use your card.


Bayou City Fellowship is a Texas Non-profit Corporation 501c(3).



FREQUENTLY
ASKED
QUESTIONS

Do you have questions about giving? Here are the most common questions we receive. Contact Accounting using the contact form below with any other questions.


1What is the basis for the tithe?
Followers of God in the Old Testament were required to give a tenth of their income to support the temple and the needs of the poor. Although the New Testament does not specifically mention the tithe, it does teach that we should give as we are "able and even beyond our ability" (2 Corinthians 8:3). Jesus teaches that our giving should be generous and sacrificial, pointing to a poor widow who gave with profound sacrifice (Mark 12:41-44). He also directs us to "store up treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Luke 12:33-34); therefore, the 10% tithe is seen as a minimum guideline of sorts for New Testament believers as we attempt to give with generosity and sacrifice.
2Where does my tithe go?
We are deeply committed to being wise stewards of the finances entrusted to us by God. Our budget reflects the priorities and focus of our church. This means the budget is dedicated to:
• ministry that is focused on lifting up the name of Jesus
• generously serving the most vulnerable in our city and world
• starting new churches to reach new people
We dedicate 20% of our budget to outreach activities, the majority of which goes to support outside ministries doing kingdom work in our city and world. Contact Accounting using the contact form below for a copy of the church budget and additional details.
3Do I give from my gross or net income?
Scripture teaches that we are to give back to God our "firstfruits" (Exodus 23:16, 19). Proverbs 3:9 encourages us to "honor the Lord with our wealth, with the firstfruits of our crops". This is consistent with our understanding that we are first and foremost citizens of God's kingdom, seeking to invest our resources (time, talents, money) in ways that are consistent with God's values and priorities. This is what Jesus meant when he asked us to think first of investing our wealth "where no thief comes near and no moth destroys"; therefore, it is Biblical to calculate your tithe and offering on your annual gross income.

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