What is a tithe and an offering?
The word, “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
Why do we tithe?
The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food 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 there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Where does The Bridge get its money from?
It’s the financial generosity of people in our community that supports the ministry here at The Bridge. Our support comes from the tithes of average people (giving 10 percent of their earnings), as well as other contributions from people attending The Bridge.
Where does the money go to?
The funds received are used to support the many ministries of The Bridge, ranging from:
- Weekly Sunday Worship Services
- Small Groups for students and adults
- Kids & Students Ministries
- Serving others beyond the walls of our church building through:
- Providing food to the needy through our Food Pantry
- Partnering with the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission to assist the homeless and those working through recovery
- Helping families through our Caring Christmas Tree Project
- Working with Growing Healthy Churches to start new churches and assist others
- Local and global missions
- Church Staff
- Property operation and maintenance
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes. The Bridge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You will receive quarterly and yearly statements accounting for your giving.
Is giving online secure?
Giving online through PushPay is safe and secure. Unlike many other mobile payment methods, PushPay provides a financial and legal safeguard. PushPay is not only bank grade (PCI) compliant, but also independently tested and reviewed to ensure the highest security standards at all times. Through PushPay you can make a one-time donation or schedule ongoing support. All you need is a checking account, a debit card or a credit card. Change the amount or frequency at any time. You’re in control.
Does electronic giving honor God?
Yes it does. God is more concerned with the condition in your heart when you give, rather than the quantity or method that you give.
Is there a minimum that I need to contribute?
There is no minimum amount.
Can I schedule recurring electronic donations?
Yes, you can. All you need is a checking account. You change the amount or frequency at any time. You’re in control.
What if I change my mind?
Sign into your account and cancel or place your gift on hold or call the church office at 775-323-7141.
Are there other ways to give?
Yes, we receive an offering during each of our weekly Sunday services, we have a offering box in the lobby or you can mail your gift to The Bridge Church, 1330 Foster Drive, Reno, NV 89509.
Will I get a giving statement for tax purposes?
Yes. You will receive quarterly and yearly statements accounting for your giving.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?