Giving FAQs

How much do I give?
Many times we tend to look at the size of the gift or the goodness of the cause. But Jesus measured generosity by a different standard: the condition of the giver’s heart. The best place to begin is by giving 10 percent of your income, which was modeled for us in the Old Testament. Some may want to start with more or less, but it’s often best to begin with a set percentage on a regular basis. Key things to do before giving:

  • Ask God for direction.
  • Choose a percentage and commit to it.
  • Remember everything you have belongs to God—the act of giving is simply offering back to God what is already his.

What is the best way to give?
We believe that online giving is the easiest and most cost efficient way to give. It’s automatic, secure, and immediately reflects in your giving record.

Can I designate my giving to a specific ministry or fund?
Each ministry at Rockpoint is funded through our General Fund. The church staff and board carefully consider how our funds will be distributed among our ministries in a way that keeps our mission and most important values at the forefront. If you would like to designate your donation towards a specific ministry or purpose, please provide or make a note as to where the funds are to be designated.

What are the possible advantages of a stock donation?
Gifts of appropriate property (i.e., stocks, bonds, and mutual funds) that have increased in value since you have owned them can result in extra tax savings, which allows your money to go further for ministry. If you have held such assets for longer than a year, you can give to Rockpoint and deduct the entire market value from your taxable income. In addition to regular tax savings, capital gains tax is not due on assets given to charity.

Rockpoint will help you facilitate a stock transfer anytime into our brokerage account. If the stock has depreciated in value from its base purchase value, the best step is to sell it, deduct the loss on your taxes, and make a tax-deductible, charitable donation of the proceeds.

How can I receive offering envelopes?
Envelopes are available in the chair racks in the worship center or at the Connection Corner.

Why do you accept credit cards?
Used responsibly, credit and debit cards are an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, and then pay the balance off in full. For these people, we offer the option to give using a credit or debit card. We strongly discourage those who have ongoing credit card debt from exercising this option.

What if I have questions that aren’t covered here?
We’re here to help! Contact Bev Holm by email (bholm@rockpoint-church.com) or by phone (651.770.3172 ext. 208) with any questions you have.