WHY A SPECIAL OFFERING?
As part of God’s plan to grow the faith of the people in His church, He calls us to sacrificial giving from time to time. This Special Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith and to prepare us for what God wants to do through our church in 2019. This is not because we are behind on budget, but to position us to make a greater impact in our community, in our church, and around the world.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REGULAR OFFERING AND THIS SPECIAL OFFERING?
The regular Journey offering is the proportional amount (the full tithe of 10%) that we set apart on a systematic basis and give throughout the year. From time to time there are opportunities to give in a sacrificial way. This Special Offering is one of those sacrificial occasions that stretch us to grow in our faith and should be over and above what you regularly give.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
Since the goal is $207,000, this Special Offering will involve everyone. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift that will stretch your faith. The precise amount you give is between you and God. Many in our church can give a $5,000, $50,000 or even a $100,000 gift. Others will be able to give between $100 and $500. The issue is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice. What amount can you give that will stretch your faith?
WHY IS THE GOAL SO LARGE?
Since the beginning of The Journey in 2002, we have been a church that has dared to dream big dreams for God. The ministries supported by this offering are BIG: supporting global and U.S. missions, starting new churches, supporting local organizations that assist the poor and needy, funding the 2019 Benevolence and Counseling Ministries, and enhancing Journey Kidz and other new ministry initiatives. Big dreams require big faith and big funding. The accomplishment of these big dreams will be determined by your gifts to this Special Offering.
WHEN SHOULD I GIVE?
The best time to give will be the first Sunday after you receive this packet. Please pray about making your best gift on that day. However, you can continue to give until January 31, 2019. Please use the “ABOVE & BEYOND” area on the offering envelopes or include a note designating that your gift is for the Special Offering. Remember, consistent gifts over time add up: a person giving $50 per week over a ten-week period will give $500 to the Special Offering.
CAN I GIVE ONLINE VIA BANK CHECK OR THROUGH AUTO-DEBIT?
Yes to all. When you give at JourneyNYC.com via online giving, simply select ”ABOVE & BEYOND” under the “Fund” drop-down menu. Likewise, you can use your bank’s online payment option to send a check directly to the church office. Simply mark in the memo area that your gift is for the ABOVE & BEYOND Special Offering.
You can also give to the Special Offering via a simple a text message. If you’ve never given to The Journey this way, just text the word “GIVE” to 917-300-1015. You will receive an immediate response with instructions on setting up this option (it takes less than 60 seconds). Then you can text the word “ABOVE” and the amount of your gift (i.e. “ABOVE 500” or “ABOVE 1000”).
If you would like to make a special, one-time auto-debit over and above your regular giving, simply call 212.730.8300 x200 and speak with Shelley or email [email protected] – it’s quick and easy.
CAN I GIVE IN-KIND GIFTS OF STOCKS OR BONDS?
Of course! Since The Journey is a 501c3 organization, there can be tremendous tax benefits for you by giving in-kind gifts. For information on this type of giving, call 212.730.8300 x200 to speak with Shelley or email [email protected].
ARE MY GIFTS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
All gifts to The Journey, whether via the regular offering or this Special Offering, are completely tax-deductible. Your gift will be deductible in the tax year given (i.e., gifts given in 2018 will be deductible on your 2018 taxes). Please be sure to include your name and address when you give so that a receipt can be sent to you for your tax preparations. You are not required to utilize a tax-deduction for your gift, but it is available for all gifts.
HOW DID WE ARRIVE AT A $207,000 GOAL?
The $207,000 goal for our NYC locations was prayerfully set by The Journey Pastoral Team. It is approximately six times our regular weekly giving. It is a God-sized goal that can only be accomplished through 100% participation and sacrificial giving by our Journey attenders and members. Since we are expecting God to bless this Special Offering, it has been determined that any amount over and above our goal will be divided equally between Missions and Ministry Advancement.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF WE REACH OUR GOAL?
Please pray for God’s guidance as we all give sacrificially. You will be updated on our giving progress through the This Sunday @ The Journey weekly email updates and during the Sunday services. Reaching this goal will be a celebration of what we can do together as we stretch our faith under God’s leadership.