Gift Day November 2021
These are moments in our church life when we have the opportunity to give towards something specific above and beyond our regular tithes and offerings. This year’s Gift Day goes to the New Ground offering. New Ground is the family of churches to which Redeemer belongs. Money going into this offering goes to church planting (including Rotterdam!), supporting churches, raising leaders and caring for the poor. What a joy it will be to be able to give into this! Please pray and see what God would like you to give. Be courageous, generous and full of faith as you prepare. Let us joyfully grow in the grace of giving as a church!
IBAN: NL 32 INGB 000 53 64 902
Bank BIC/SWIFT code: INGB NL 2A
Name: Redeemer International Church
Use reference: New Ground Gift Day
Broadly speaking the Bible talks about giving financially into two things; giving to God (primarily seen in giving money to your church) and giving financially to help those in need.
As a church we hold to 5 key values about financial giving. As with everything else, we want to have a view of giving money that is completely rooted in Scripture. Therefore, these key values are not unique to Redeemer; they would apply to every church that seeks to have a Biblical practice in terms of giving money to the church.
Value 1: God provides for Redeemer.
Ultimately, it is God who provides for our needs as a church; it is not people. God will always provide for what he calls us to do. This is such an important value. If we did not have this value in place it would be so easy to move towards a focus and pressure on people to supply our needs. Yes, of course – God does use the regular giving of people as a vital means to provide for the needs of the church… BUT, God is still the source of provision.
[This same principle applies to us as individuals – God may use a salary, Government help, or another type of allowance to provide for us but it is still him that provides. If for whatever reason a job comes to an end or circumstances change for us, we can rest in the assurance that God will still provide for us even if his means of doing it changes!]
Value 2: You don’t have to give any money to be welcome in Redeemer.
People are valued in Redeemer not according to what they give or don’t give. Everyone is valued in Redeemer because God loves and values them. If people are Christians and consider Redeemer as their ‘home church’ we would love them to give because we want them to obey Jesus and grow as a follower of him. But, Christian or enquirer, Redeemer member or just a visitor, all are valued regardless of whether they give anything or not.
Value 3: Giving reflects our worship to God.
We either worship money (and what we think money can bring us), or we worship God with our money. How we handle the money that God entrusts us with is a direct reflection of our worship of God. Do we love God? Do we trust him with our lives’? Is he of first importance in our hearts? If the answer to these questions is yes, then our financial giving should reflect these truths.
Value 4: As Christians we have the privilege of giving.
Financial giving to the church is not a tax on being a Christian! It is not a necessary evil in the midst all the good things that God gives us. Quite the opposite is true. Paul writes to the Corinthian church and encourages them to ‘excel in the grace of giving’ (2 Cor. 8:7). As Christians we do not have to give money, we get to give money. It is a vital part of us growing as Christians that we learn to give as God calls us to. As we learn to excel in the grace of giving we learn so much more about ourselves and God. We learn to trust God more and depend on his provision in our lives.
Value 5: How much you give is up to you.
There are no rules in the New Testament about how much we should give. In the Old Testament, the people of God would give (among other special offerings and gifts) a ‘tithe’ which represented 10% of their income.
The New Testament gives no rules about financial giving to the Church. It does, however, give some very clear principles including:
- Give regularly (eg. 1 Cor 16:2).
- Give joyfully (eg. 2 Cor 9:7).
- Give sacrificially (eg. 2 cor 9:6-12).
With everything taken into consideration, ‘tithing’, remains a great principle, and a very good place to start from in terms of choosing how much to give.
How do I give?
There are 2 ways to give to Redeemer.
- You can put cash into the ‘Giving Box’ on a Sunday.
- You can give by a bank transfer (bank transfers have tax benefits when you fill in your tax return).
What does Redeemer spend it on?
To give you a simple overview of our budget it comes down to the following percentages:
- 55 % Staff
- 15% Meeting Expenses
- 15% Giving to those in need and church planting
- 15% Office, Travel and General Expenses
For a full overview of our finances we publish a Financial Overview on the website each year. You can find this here.
How does it work with NL Tax?
As an ANBI organisation, gifts to Redeemer International Church qualify for Dutch tax exemption as outlined by the Dutch tax law.
This means that all the gifts given to Redeemer can be deducted from your income which is taxed by the government. Depending on your annual income this could mean that you receive up to 52% back of the amount given to Redeemer.
Your donations are deductible if the total amount is at least 1% of your income. The maximum amount is 10% of your gross annual income. If you have a partner then both incomes are taken together.
You have to prove that you did the donations. A copy of the bank receipt will be sufficient.
What if I give more then 10% Gross?
If you want to give more then 10% of your gross income on a yearly basis, it is possible to get tax back on what you give too.
Since last year all you need to do is to fill in a 5-year agreement with the church on the total amount you will give each year and then the full amount is deductible.
You no longer have to go to a notary to make this happen. If you need some help with this or want more information please don’t hesitate to contact the staff team for more info on this.
Information for US tax payers
If you are a US tax payer you can still give to Redeemer International Church and receive US tax benefits. We have a donor advised fund with TrustBridge Global Network that enables this. Check out this PDF to get information on how to make use of this facility.
What about gift days?
Every year we have at least one gift day. The reason we have these gift days is to give up and above what we do on a monthly basis and these days are focussed at giving to specific projects or seasons that we go through as a church.
Please find all our official publications on this page.
Redeemer International Church
IBAN: NL 32 INGB 000 53 64 902
Bank BIC/SWIFT code: INGB NL 2A
KvK no.: 505 26 065
Redeemer Building Fund
NL 36 INGB 0009 23 71 67