The Bible has much to say about our relationship with money. Money is a tool that can bring great glory to our God (Acts 20:35), or can pull us away from the joy and meaning that is only found in God (2 Timothy 6:10). We cannot serve money and God (Matthew 6:24; Hebrews 13:5), so we invite you to serve God by giving your money. Giving is an honor to God, a help for our church and wonderful way to proclaim the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why Should I Give?
The willing and joyful giving of your money is to be done as a response to God (Matthew 6:21). You give not to earn favor with God, but as a form of thankfulness, joy and worship to God (2 Corinthians 9:7). You should give because He first gave Himself through Jesus Christ, and your giving is a symbol of your desire to serve and follow Him (1 Timothy 6:17-19). At ACC, we believe all we have is God’s: the money that we give to the Church and the money that we keep in our pockets (Matthew 25:14-30). So giving really is about stewardship and managing all that God has given us. We want you to give to help our local church proclaim the greatness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 8:1-7). We want as many people to know Jesus: within our church, within Dubuque and around the World.
How Much Should I Give?
We never want people to give out of a sense of obligation. The Bible is very clear that our motivations are important to God, and God wants a ‘cheerful giver’ (2 Corinthians 9:7). So the amount you give really is not the main question to ask. The main question is whether your heart is thankful, filled with joy and if your giving is in a loving response to who God is (1 Corinthians 13:3). If that is true, then the amount you give becomes an overflow of that reality. Some believe that you need to give 10% of your income to the local church. This standard (known as a ‘tithe’) was an Old Testament command, but is not a duty for the Christian today. The apostle Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians--and to us today--was to give sacrificially, willingly, and joyfully (2 Corinthians 8).
Where Does My Giving Go?
ACC seeks to use the money that is given in the most transparent and God honoring manner. We provide financial support for a number of missionaries and Christian workers both in the U.S. and throughout the world. We use the funds to purchases supplies, curriculum and resources for our Children’s and Youth Ministries. We use the money to care for those that are hurting, those that need a meal and many others that need care and support. We also use the gifts you give to pay the basic realities of rent, utilities and the everyday running of a church. We want to be open and honest about where the money goes, so we regularly provide financial updates in our bulletins and online. If you have specific questions or want to see more about our financials, please speak to any of the Elders and we would be happy to sit down with you and share the financial blessings God has provide to our local church.
How Do I Give?
ACC has a number of ways in which you can give to our local church:
Recurring Giving: A form can be downloaded from our website where you can authorize the church to make automatic withdrawals from your financial account. You can set up the amount to be withdrawn, how often it is withdrawn (one time or recurring) and from what account the money is to be taken. This is an easy and convenient way to ensure that you are able to give regularly to ACC and removes the concern of forgetting to write a check or bringing something to put in a specific location.
One Time Gift: We also have online one-time credit card payments enabled at the link at the top of this page.
Donations Box: There is a donation box available to deposit cash or checks each Sunday morning. This box is located in the main foyer and is secured and monitored during the meetings. The box is emptied out after each meeting, counted and deposited in a timely manner. This is a great method to help children learn the value of giving, and have them deposit their money in physical location rather than the use of an electronic method.