Many people struggle with the idea that perhaps the church is first and foremost about money and buildings. While they understand that the church is intended to be about faith, love and hope the first thing that is often encountered is an appeal for money. For this reason we have decided that when an individual or family comes to NewStart they will walk away with a real sense that they are loved for who they are, not what they can give.
We believe that genuine generosity flows from hearts grateful to God and God’s community for loving relationships. Giving to escape judgement or feelings of guilt is not the generosity God seeks. Therefore we believe that it is part of each Christian’s thankful worship experience to give. Giving also opens us up to be transformed by the Holy Spirit as we choose to put the needs of others before our own wants and desires. Giving helps us to recognise that God has given freely to us. Giving freely in return often brings us an incredible sense of belonging to God’s people and to His dream to change the world.
We encourage people once they have experienced love through NewStart and feel a sense of belonging, to consider assisting with the financial needs of NewStart. So here are a few things you should know about what we believe about finances and how we address this issue.
We prioritise financial needs this way; meeting obligations, touching people’s lives in meaningful ways, providing a quality worship experience and finally addressing the issues of the physical facilities in which we meet. We seek to be responsible in our spending and resist placing a burden on our people that may detract from their experience of God and His love. We have open financial records. Currently a church steering committee meets to oversee financial issues. Our Pastors are not a signatory to any church accounts.
We do believe that the Bible offers some helpful principles in regards to a Christian’s financial stewardship. In the Old Testament, God encouraged God’s people to put aside 10% of their income and dedicate it for the use of expressing and expanding God’s community and Kingdom. It was called a tithe (Leviticus 27:30-33; Deuteronomy 26:12-13). In the New Testament, Jesus encouraged each person to give according to the condition of his/her heart. Therefore, a person’s giving might be more or less than 10% (Luke 18:22; 19:8-9; 21:1-4). However, Jesus wants His followers to focus first on expressing the Love, Mercy, and Justice of God (Luke 11:42; Matthew 23:23). The apostle Paul echoed Jesus’ focus on the heart through his expression of the importance of a cheerful and grateful heart when giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). The point is that generosity is part of expressing the overwhelming grace and love of God for others (James 1:17; 1 Peter 4:10; Acts 20:35).
We believe that God loves you more than you can imagine with or without your financial offering. God wants you to know, experience, and accept God’s love first. Giving does not earn God’s favour or love.
Therefore, we WILL NOT pressure anyone to sacrifice financially but will encourage people to explore the idea of giving to God’s mission to express and expand God’s Kingdom through NewStart as a way of expressing your gratefulness for, and trust in, God.
If you wish to contribute to NewStart’s participation in the Mission of God to embrace the hurts and hungers as well as empowering the hopes of our people and our surrounding communities, the easiest way is with direct transfer using the following bank details. If you are contributing to a specific need please indicate that in the appropriate place, otherwise your offering will go to the general needs of God’s mission for NewStart as described above.
Account Name: NewStart RiverCity
Account No: 20179165
Saving for the future account:
Account Name: NewStart RiverCity Incorporated
Account No: 20443878