Good Shepherd Community Church is a nonprofit religious organization recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. The church follows all tax-exempt guidelines and requirements for the recording and use of charitable contributions.
Good Shepherd 2015-2016 Financial Budget Report
Resources on Money Management
Good Shepherd offers Financial Peace University classes two times a year. This 9-week class is a great resource to help everyone better manage their daily finances. Contact Pat Meyer for more information.
- GSCC Perspective On Giving
- The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
- Money, Possessions & Eternity, Randy Alcorn
- Managing God’s Money
- Giving Wisely, Jonathan Martin
- Biblical Giving – Short article give out during weekend services at GSCC
Use of Credit Cards for Giving
We discourage the use of online giving through credit cards IF you are going to incur debt in the process. If you need help working on a plan to bring order to your finances, please register for one of our Financial Peace University courses.
If you have visited one of our worship services, you may have noticed that we do not have a weekly offering. Except for special occasions, we do not take offerings during our worship services but have secured offering boxes that are located in the back of the South & North Auditoriums and foyer entrances.
There are a couple reasons:
- We desire those who call Good Shepherd their home to make their giving a planned and willful decision.
- We want our guests to experience the worship service and not feel any pressure to give. Even when we have special offerings, we always let our guests know that they may feel free to let the offering plate pass by.
What is Good Shepherd’s philosophy of giving?
- We believe that each believer should tithe. That 10% should be the starting place for our giving. The first fruit of what the Lord provides.
- We believe the local church should be the first place giving should be directed. There are hundreds of excellent organizations that we highly encourage our people to give to, but this should be after they first give to their local body.
- We believe giving should be planned. That is one of the reasons we don’t pass the offering plate each week.
- Download this short article on Biblical Giving. Click Here
Who knows the giving information?
Only a few from our Accounting Department know the giving records of our families. None of our Elders or Pastors has this information. We don’t want knowledge of contributions to impact or sway our staff’s effectiveness in ministering to the body.
How may I give?
There are a number of ways you can give:
- Secured offering boxes: As an act of worship you may place your offering in the offering boxes in the back of the South and North auditoriums and foyer entrances during any of our worship services.
- Good Shepherd Website OnLine giving: Through a secured web site, you may give from your checking account or debit/bank card. You may do one-time or regularly-scheduled ongoing gifts.
- Credit Card Debt: We discourage the use of online giving through credit cards IF you are going to incur debt in the process. If you need help working on a plan to bring order to your finances, please register for one of our Financial Peace University courses.
- Stocks and Estate Planning: You may contact our Accounting Department for more information on how to use Stocks and Estate Planning.
What can I give to?
Our general philosophy is that all giving goes to the General Fund of Good Shepherd. This fund is directed by the annual budget that our Elders approve each year (Note: we operate on a July – June fiscal year). Generally funds cannot be given to a specific department or ministry. There are a few exceptions, but these are usually related to scholarship accounts, short-term team missions, benevolence giving (See benevolence policy), a few special projects and special offerings that the Elders have approved. We are very careful to comply with all IRS giving and donation receipting regulations for churches. If you have a question, feel free to contact our Accounting Department. Click Here for a detailed list of What I Can Give to
What are your Special Offerings?
We usually have three special offerings each year.
- November Relief offering: This offering is focused on the physical needs of those around the world. It too has Elder approved emphases that go toward such projects as famine relief in Sudan, the developing of economic development in needy countries, or water projects in drought ravaged regions. As with our Global Outreach offering, these projects are usually partnered with our Global Outreach staff or well established partner ministries. Giving to this fund is open year round.
- June Global Outreach Offering: This is an offering that is directed toward special missions projects worldwide. It is a part of our annual Global Outreach week in mid-June that focuses on our Global Outreach staff and ministry throughout the world. This may incorporate Bible translation projects, helping build needed facilities at a school or orphanage, or special outreach projects of our Global Outreach staff. The special projects are approved by our Elders and are administered by our Global Outreach department. These funds are above the budgeted monthly support of our Global Outreach staff. Giving to this fund is limited by specific dates.
- End-of-the-Year Offering: At the end of each calendar year we have a special offering that will be elder directed. As Good Shepherd grows and the population of East County mushrooms, we want to be a launching place of ministry.
- Disaster Fund: This is not an annual offering, but a fund that is open year-round. Funds will go to disaster work world-wide. Some of these have included Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Indonesia, and earthquake relief in Central Asia. These funds are directed by our Elders.