We know that there are plenty of places to put your money. But we believe the generosity of Jesus was meant to be continued by His people. We see giving as an act of worship, done cheerfully and with faith in God for His provision. We realize there is a certain stigma with money and the church, in some cases rightfully so. But at FFC we want to encourage people to give back to God with full obedience and sacrifice, knowing that Scripture promises certain blessings in response.
"Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Jesus in Luke 6:38)
You may be wondering, "IF I decide to give to the church, how exactly will the money be spent?" Well, we're glad you hypothetically asked!
We have a somewhat unorthodox budget as far as churches go. The average church spends over half their budget on staff and sometimes as little as 10% on outreach. And while Scripture is clear that we should bless our church leadership financially (1 Timothy 5:17-18, Galatians 6:6, 1 Corinthians 9:14) and certain building costs are unavoidable, we have always felt specifically led to limit our internal expenses so we can devote more of our resources to the people we are called to love in our community.
Our "rhema" (which means a specific word or leading from God that we are accountable to follow but is not necessarily for everyone, everywhere) in regards to spending is based on Luke 3:11 where John the Baptist says "If you have two coats, give one to him who has none." With that in mind, we strive to give away half of what we bring in and keep only half for maintaining the church.
This helps you to know that more of your hard-earned donations will go directly to building the Kingdom of God through sharing His love and generosity with the world!