How to Give
- In service – Simply fill out an offering envelope. Place your check or cash inside. Drop it in the offering plate when it comes around.
- In the atrium – there is a box in the atrium near the children’s desk where you can place your offering envelopes.
- Online – We have Paypal and Pushpay available on our website for people to pay with their Debit Cards, Credit Cards, or Bank accounts.
- On your mobile device – We have an app, powered by Pushpay, that allows you to give in as little as 10 seconds. Not only can you give through the app but it can also connect you to what’s happening at Willow. We highly recommend you check it out! (Available on iOS and Android.)
Couple of quick notes about Paypal and Pushpay – when giving online, both Paypal and Pushpay keep a portion of your donation to cover the cost of their services – Paypal is approximately 3% and Pushpay is less. Neither require a membership with their service to be able to give online.
Why Should I Give?
It’s kind of a big deal. God doesn’t need your money, its true. But, His church does. Check out Malachi 3:10.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
Many people focus on the promise of blessings in this often quoted verse. But if you look again at the first sentence “so there will be enough food in my Temple”. The tithe enables the church to meet the needs of its members, its community, and the world. In giving to the local church, not only will you be blessed, but in turn you will be making a difference.
Here at Willow, we send financial support to over 17 different ministries – including local (River of Hope, True To Life Ministries, The Food Basket), regional (Gulf Coast Baptist Association, Texas Port Ministry), national (Campus Crusade, Baptist Executive Board), and the world (India Gospel Outreach, Shores of Botswana). Because of your giving, people’s lives are being changed for the better around the world. Of course, all this is in addition to the local ministry happening in Willow and through Willow locally.
But, Isn’t This Just An Old Testament Thing?
Jesus said this in Luke 11:42.
What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
Clearly, tithing was important to Jesus – also important, was the attitude of our hearts. Tithing is always a good thing, but it should be an overflow of our love and respect for God.