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When you’re at a Covenant Church campus, you can give using “the envelope” for your cash (if you’d like a record of your gift) or by check, payable to Covenant Church.
Simply drop off or mail your contribution to the main office at 4005 Corey Rd, Winterville NC 28590. You may also use our giving envelope to mail in your contribution. Be sure to include name and address on check or envelope to ensure that your gift is included in your annual giving statement.
If you use online banking, you can easily set up a BillPay account to give to Covenant Church. If your BillPay requires an account number, simply enter your name. Once set up, you can set one-time or even recurring contributions through your checking/savings account, and your financial institution will send Covenant your contribution as a check.
You will receive a tax deduction for the fair market value of your securities at the time of donation, and you will pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value. For questions about this, please contact Diane Joyner by email or at 252.355.0123
What is stewardship?
Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. Biblical stewardship includes talents, gifts, bodies, minds, families, etc. – and, of course, finances.
Is financial stewardship more than just giving?
Absolutely! There are approximately 2350 verses in scripture that speak to money and possessions. Many areas other than giving are part of God’s plan for managing this stuff called money.
What a tithe is NOT
The tithe was not instituted for God’s benefit because He already has the money He needs. He does not need our money. Tithing was created for our benefit (see “Why is giving so important?” below).
What is an offering?
Covenant believes that we are mere stewards of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God’s to God (and He lets us steward the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness.
Can members get access to church budget information?
Yes. Simply ask. Covenant’s fiscal budget year is July through June.
So why is giving so important?
Giving to God literally helps us focus on:
- God’s ownership (Psalm 24:1)
- God’s Lordship (Matthew 6:24, love of God)
- Our need to depend on Him
- Aligning our hearts with His (Matthew 6:21)
- Our need to die to self (and the teaching of this world)
- to defeat materialism
- to defeat consumerism
- to defeat selfishness
- to combat our love of money (spiritual battle)
- to help us think first about God and others (love of others)
- to not be caught stealing from God (Malachi 3:8-12, fear/reverence of God)
- To advance Gods kingdom and think eternally (Matthew 6:19-20, 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
- To become more like the ultimate givers – God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ!
- Giving was created for our benefit. It is to teach us how to keep God first in our lives and how to be unselfish people. Unselfish people make better husbands, wives, friends, relatives, employees and employers.
How do I excel in giving?
- It is not an amount. Remember the widow’s mite? (Mark 12:41-44)
- It is not a legalistic adherence to the tithe. Jesus had harsh words for the Pharisees (religious leaders) about their giving, even though they were tithing religiously (Matthew 23:23)
- Excelling in giving is a ‘heart thing.’ Give with a perspective that focuses on God and others. This will lead to a life that is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:18-19)
- 2 Corinthians 8:7 “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
How often will I get a contribution statement?
Contribution statements are mailed quarterly.
What are Covenant’s financial accountability standards?
Covenant’s finance department is held accountable by a firm set of internal controls and is reviewed annually by an independent panel selected by Covenant’s Finance Team.
Covenant Church is adamant about being wise and faithful stewards of the financial resources that are given every single week. As part of an effort to maintain transparency in our financial records, we will use this section of the site to post relevant and time-appropriate updates related to our financial stewardship.