Invest in the mission
God invites you to worship Him in all areas of your life, even the way you spend your money. Supporting a church financially is an excellent way of doing this.
We believe giving is an act of worship and service. It enables us to do more things that serve people, spread the gospel, and advance God’s kingdom in our cities.
Giving deepens our passion for God’s mission in Australia and throughout the world. God wants us to invest in his mission but is more interested in the shape of our heart than the size of our gift. That means we should seek to give joyfully, generously, and sacrificially.
Giving fuels the health and growth of City on a Hill and its operations and activities as a church. If you regularly attend a City on a Hill church we encourage you to invest in the mission of your local church. If you are in a position to give over and above your regular giving, you can contribute towards other City on a Hill funds.
LOCAL CHURCHI want to invest in
BSB 193 879 | ACC 476 970 441
BSB 193 879 | ACC 485 509 867
BSB 114 879 | ACC 488 657 591
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BSB 193 879 | ACC 431 944 214
BSB 193 879 | ACC 412 400 596
BSB 193 879 | ACC 442 111 808
BSB 114 879 | ACC 479 853 266
CHURCH PLANTING FUND
Donations to the Church Planting Fund invest in Church Planting initiatives around the world.
BSB 193 879 | 476 970 555
CITY ON A HILL FOUNDATION
Tax deductible gifts to the City on a Hill Foundation support the work of charities such as Many Rooms and City on a Hill Creative ministries.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY MONEY?
How would our culture answer this one? ‘Indulge yourself’, ‘It’s all about you!’ the marketing of our age tells us. Our culture says that earning money to spend on ourselves is a marker of success: the more lavish the lifestyle, the bigger the toys, the more outfits and shoes on the rack, the more countries visited, the faster the car ... the more happy we are? Sadly, the world has this one upside down!
As Christians, we need to recognise first and foremost that everything we have is given to us by God. ‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,’ shouts the Psalmist (Psalm 24:1) - or hear Paul’s instruction to Timothy, ‘everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4:4).
Money is a great part of creation, which can do so much good if used faithfully. But of course, as we look around our culture and at our own heart, we know that the money rat-race can also be a trap and a burden, a slave-master who can take our allegiance away from the living God. Jesus was acutely aware of our temptation; He famously taught us, ‘you cannot serve God and money’ (Luke 16:10). So perhaps a helpful re-phrasing of the question is in order!
HOW CAN I STEWARD GOD’S MONEY?
Thankfully, the Bible gives us some clear priorities on this one. Our first priority is to provide for our family and relatives, if needs be (e.g. 1 Timothy 5:8). Second, we are to acknowledge that Gospel workers need our support. In the Bible we see a pattern laid down from the very beginning of the formation of God’s people, that spiritual ministers (servants) of the people should be provided for by those who they serve (e.g. Deuteronomy 18:1-5).
In the early church, time and again Paul is found both thanking and encouraging the churches for their financial support of both his own and other missionary’s Gospel work (e.g. Romans 15:25- 29; 1 Corinthians 9:3-14). In 3 John, we are encouraged to see the significance and great opportunity afforded by our giving as our financial partnership in the Gospel means that we become a ‘fellow worker for the truth’ (3 John 1:5-8). Moving outwards in our circle of responsibilities, we are encouraged to care for the poor in the world, especially poorer churches (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).
SHOULD I GIVE ONE OFF OR REGULARLY?
This is a matter of freedom, of course, but there are some good reasons why you might consider regular donations. First, regular donations do help the finance team with managing cash-flow for City on a Hill. One-off donations are still helpful, but harder to predict and so, make planning our cash-flow more difficult. Second, planning to give each month, or week, means that your own cash-flow is managed better. Third, committing to a monthly giving plan means a regular reminder of your financial partnership with the Gospel work of City on a Hill on your bank statement; a good prompt to pray for the spread of the Gospel by the ministry of City on a Hill.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
There is no ‘right’ answer on this one, but there are some challenging principles. We are encouraged to be generous. Why generous? It is not difficult to see why. God has lavished the riches of his grace upon us in the Gospel of salvation (Ephesians 2:7-10; Philippians 4:19-20).
More than this, we are encouraged to be audaciously generous. It is not about the amount we give to Gospel work, but rather, it is about our attitude and generosity with what we have. Jesus commends the actions of a poor widow for putting two small copper coins in an offertory box and condemns the offerings of the rich since He knows how costly this donation was for the widow. Of the rich He says, ‘they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’ (Luke 21:1-4).
Jesus asks us to give up our private ambitions and idealised picture of chasing a career, wealth and all that this entails and ‘lose it’, so that we might save our true life by following Him (e.g. Mark 8:34-38).
Sometimes the ‘tithing’ (ten percent of our income) principle is used by some Christians to guide their giving. Whilst this might match true generosity for some of us, for many of us, it may not. We, who live here in Australia, are certainly the rich of this age (see 1 Timothy 6:17).
Lastly, our generosity will only arise from a cheerful heart. We are not to give reluctantly, or under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:6ff ). We are to take joy in our giving, knowing the steadfast love and rich blessings towards us from the one we serve!
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION, WHO CAN I CONTACT?
If you have any other questions please email email@example.com.