Financial FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Provided by the Financial Services Department

HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS CAN I GIVE? [show]
  1. Online giving – Make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift at brookwoodchurch.org/give.
  2. Giving kiosks – You can use your debit or credit card to make a contribution in the Concourse.
  3. Mobile giving – Download the Brookwood Church app on your smart phone for on-the-go giving.
  4. Bill Pay – You can have checks sent from your bank to the church.
  5. Offering basket – The basket is passed each Sunday morning during the worship service.
  6. Drop boxes – Boxes are located at the auditorium exits and throughout the building.
  7. U.S. Mail – Checks can be mailed to 580 Brookwood Point Place, Simpsonville SC 29681.
  8. Stocks – Stock can be given through our broker, Scottrade at 877.542.8607.
  9. Wills – You can include Brookwood in your will. Contact your attorney or Brookwood Financial Services.
  10. Postage-paid envelopes are available upon request.

 

CAN I GIVE STOCK, REAL ESTATE, APPRECIATED SECURITIES OR OTHER NON-CASH GIFTS? [show]
Yes. Contact Scottrade at 877.542.8607 for stock and securities. Contact the Brookwood Financial Services Department at 864.688.8229 for real estate and other non-cash gifts.

 

CAN I PUT BROOKWOOD IN MY WILL? [show]
Yes. Contact your attorney and the Financial Services Department at 864.688.8229.

 

WHICH FUNDS CAN I GIVE TO? [show]
All ministries of the church plus previously designated funds (Benevolence, Building, Missions and India) are included in the Ministry Plan. Questions can be directed to Financial Services at 864.688.8229.

 

DOES MY CASH GIFT GET RECORDED? [show]
Cash gifts are recorded when the giver provides contact information on the envelope containing the money.

 

HOW DO I GIVE FOR SOMEONE GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? [show]
Contributions may be designated for someone going on a mission trip by donating online or noting this on the check or envelope.

 

HOW CAN I GIVE TO A MISSIONARY? [show]
Most missionaries are affiliated with a sending agency. This agency is set up to receive and administer funds given for the missionary. Gifts sent directly to the sending agency will be received by the missionary faster than gifts sent to Brookwood for a missionary. Sending agencies issue contribution statements to be used for tax purposes. For information on a specific missionary contact the Outreach/Missions Department at 864.688.8341.

 

WHAT IS A TITHE? [show]
The tithe is the Old Testament standard of giving the first 10% of your income to the church.

 

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GIVING? [show]

God owns everything. I’m His money manager. Psalm 24:1

My heart always goes where I put God’s money. Matthew 6:21

Heaven, not Earth, is my home. Philippians 3:20

Giving is the only antidote to materialism. Ecclesiastes 5:10

God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. 2 Corinthians 9:11

 

WHAT DOES SENIOR PASTOR PERRY DUGGAR SAY ABOUT GIVING? [show]
The standard for giving under the Old Testament law was the tithe. Each person was expected to give the first 10% of his income, as well as his livestock and his crops, to God. (Leviticus 27:30-33; Malachi 3:8; Luke 18:11-12) People were obligated to tithe under the law of Moses. This changed after Jesus’ death because His sacrifice satisfied all of the requirements of the law. (Matthew 5:17)

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are no longer controlled by the law. We give, not under obligation, but out of our appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice for our sake. Following the death of Jesus, there is no verse in the New Testament that directs believers to tithe. Paul wrote about giving but did not mention the tithe or any other amount as a standard for contributions. (Romans 7:4,6; Galatians 2:17-21)

There are several verses in the New Testament that suggest guidelines for giving. We should give regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2), privately (Matthew 6:3-4 ), proportionally (2 Corinthians 8:11-13), generously (2 Corinthians 9:6) and cheerfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)

Our attitude toward giving is more important than the amount of our giving. Through our giving, we demonstrate our understanding that God provides everything we have. We express reliance on Him to meet our needs, not ourselves or our earnings. God wants us to offer ourselves to Him, fully, without reservation. If we do that, we will give our money as well.

So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Romans 12:1 (GNB)

 

HOW DO I GIVE ONLINE? [show]
Go to brookwoodchurch.org/give. Create an account. Choose the frequency of giving. Choose the amount of the gift.

 

WHY DO I NEED TO LOGIN? [show]
Logging in provides security for all transactions. For more information on logging in visit brookwoodchurch.org/whylogin

 

WHAT IS A RECURRING GIFT? [show]
A recurring gift is an online gift that once it's set up will happen automatically. It can be set to occur for a certain number of times or to continue until changed. Most people that are paid bi-weekly set their recurring gift to occur every two weeks.

 

HOW DO I CHANGE MY ONLINE GIFT? [show]
Visit brookwoodchurch.org/give. Click the Manage Recurring Gifts button and log in to your account. Here you can edit or delete your giving profile.

 

ARE THERE ANY FEES INVOLVED IN ONLINE GIVING? [show]
The church is charged 1.5–2% on credit card transactions. The fee is much less for ACH transactions debiting your bank account.

 

IS ONLINE GIVING SECURE? [show]
Yes. The church does not keep your credit card information. It is processed by Transnational. This entity is PCI Security Standards Council compliant, VISA CISP compliant and Trustwave Security Services compliant.

 

HOW CAN I REVIEW MY CONTRIBUTIONS? [show]
Contributions can be viewed online. After logging in, click on My Giving History. You may also contact the Financial Services Department at 864.688.8294.

 

WHEN DO I GET A CONTRIBUTION STATEMENT? [show]
Final statements for tax purposes are sent in January.

 

CAN I GET A COPY OF THE BUDGET OR AUDIT? [show]
It is available online at brookwoodchurch.org/give by clicking the buttons Audited Financials and YTD Financial Update.

 

WHEN IS THE LAST MOMENT TO GET MY GIFTS RECORDED IN THIS YEAR? [show]
Gifts can be dropped off at the church during office hours, postmarked by December 31, or given online before midnight on December 31.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY? [show]
For information on the next class contact Lora Catoe

 



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