We believe giving is central to the message of the Gospel. John 3:16 says, "God loved the world so much that He gave..." God is the ultimate giver and withholds nothing from people. He is our example and because He is a generous giver, we choose to be generous givers. While money can be a sensitive issue in the context of church, according to Jesus, it is also the determining factor on the disposition of our hearts (Matthew 6:19).
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PEOPLE ARE MOST IMPORTANT
As a church, people are the focus of everything we do, not their money. We don't view things through the lens of a donor base, giving units or pet projects for those with money. We want everyone who comes to feel welcome, whether or not you give financially toward our cause.
FINANCIAL GIVING IS FIRST AND FOREMOST ABOUT WORSHIP
Some people give out of duty, others give as an investment to get something back, but neither is the biblical mandate for giving. Giving is an act of worship between you and God and therefore should not be done out of compulsion or guilt (Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 9:6-8).
WE PREFER TO SEE IT AS WHAT WE GIVE OUT, NOT WHAT WE BRING IN.
Those who generously contribute to CRBC know that it is to benefit the people who walk in the doors and the community where we live. Plus, we believe in supporting church plants nationally and around the world. For more on who we support check out our missions page.
LIFE ISN'T ABOUT MONEY, BUT IT IS NECESSARY IN SOCIETY
We wish we lived in a utopian society where we could get free use of facilities and unlimited free data packages on cell phones. But the reality is that we have budgeted items that need to be funded to keep things moving along. We're doing our best to work with a lean budget that reflects what we feel is important to God.
OPEN BOOK POLICY ON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Things are pretty straightforward. Ask us. We'll show you.
No issue in scripture receives more attention, warning, and instruction than money. For good reason. If not dealt with properly, the improper use of money can lead to unintended consequences never imagined. As Christ followers, we are to be wise in our use of money and to be generous givers. The blessings we receive from the Almighty should be passed along. I heard someone once say, “We should be a hose and not a bucket.”
The leadership of CRBC has adopted a position of faith regarding the finances we receive. We have decided to give away 10% of the monies contributed to CRBC to ministries, missionaries, and para-church organizations which deal directly with people with all types of needs. Our desire is to increase this percentage as the CRBC family grows.
Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We cannot be incarnational witnesses everywhere; however we can support those who are. Therefore, we will support works in our backyard and to those far away. We can support laborers who have the call on their lives to go places we would never go. So by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives we faithfully, obediently, and sacrificially are witnesses with our giving.