What is Faith Promise Giving?

The major avenue we support missionaries at Bethel Baptist Church is through what we call Faith Promise giving. Each year God adds new people to our church who are unfamiliar with the concept of Faith Promise Giving. Each year God is growing and maturing our present church family to participate in world evangelism through financial giving above and beyond their regular tithing. Many people have different questions. I would encourage you even if you already participate in Faith Promise to prayerfully read the post below.

1. What is Faith Promise? Faith Promise is way of giving to world evangelism. Rather than waiting to respond to each appeal as they come along, believers ask the Lord how much they should give to missions over the next year. They then commit to that annual total as a “Faith Promise.” Faith Promise thus makes missions giving strategic and not sporadic.

2. Is there a scriptural basis for Faith Promise missions giving?

  • Faith Promise giving is more than one can afford (2 Corinthians 8:2-3, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15)
  • Faith Promise giving reflects our personal commitments (2 Corinthians 8:5)
  • Though Faith Promise giving is optional, it does clearly demonstrate our love (Philippians 2:1-4; Luke 6:38, Romans 12:9-10)

3. Who should give to Faith Promise? Everyone! Children and teens may have less money than adults, but it’s crucial to train them in systematic giving and faith living.

4. What’s the relationship between Faith Promise and paying a tithe? Faith Promise giving is over and above the tithe. Tithing is a clear scriptural principle, dating back to the earliest pages of Genesis. Tithing recognizes God’s ownership over me and all that I have. In practical terms, tithe money runs the local church and its ministries. Faith Promise is a way for us give specifically to reaching the unreached of the world. Faith Promise giving tangibly expresses my desire that the world know the Good News.

5. How do I get the funds to fulfill my Faith Promise?

  • God may increase your income.
  • God may decrease your expenses.
  • God may lead you to sacrifice.

6. Do I give my Faith Promise before I get it? A Faith Promise is a FAITH commitment. Promise only what you believe God wants to give through you, then trust God to be faithful in this promise. Your Faith Promise involvement says that you believe:

  • World evangelism is vital to accomplishing the mission of the church.
  • The gospel can change lives.
  • Giving, although important, is secondary to faith and praying.
  • God will help pay the amount promised.

7. How do I make a Faith Promise?

  • Total up your giving to world evangelism for last year.
  • Increase that total by a reasonable percentage.
  • Divide the total by 52 or 26 or 12 (weekly, bi-monthly or monthly) contributions) according to your personal pay schedule.
  • Prayerfully again consider the amount you can faithfully purpose to give. (II Corinthians 9:7) Do not be surprised at what God lays on your heart. Just be obedient.
  • Fill out a Faith Promise Card, indicating your Faith and Promise

8. How do I give my Faith Promise? Give regularly. Missionaries need regular support.

9. Is this a pledge and will I be notified of my progress? This is a promise to God, not a pledge to the church. Your Faith Promise amount is between you and God. No one will notify you or keep track of your progress toward your commitment.

10. Who can make a Faith Promise? Anyone who wants to trust God and who wants to be used of God to get the Good News to the unreached can make a Faith Promise commitment (Luke 6:38, Proverbs 11:24-25). Teens and children are encouraged to participate in Faith Promise giving.

11. How long does my Faith Promise commitment last? Generally, Faith Promise commitments are made once a year during the missions conference. The weekly or monthly or annual commitments extend for one year, beginning November 1.

12. Is Faith Promise a pledge I commit to pay even if my income goes down during the year? Faith Promises differ from other kinds of giving such as pledges. Pledges are largely horizontal since they are made to a church or some other worthy cause. Pledges are often the basis on which a church takes out a loan to do a construction project. Faith Promise giving is more vertical, since it is made between the believer and the Lord.

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