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    There are many aspects to church finance.

    The returning of tithes and offerings is a matter of personal faith between you and God. We believe that the greatest rewards in giving belong to the giver, and they transcend monetary returns.

    "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."
    Mark 12:17
    "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
    Luke 6:38
    "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
    2 Corinthians 9:7

    Tithe & Offerings

    100 per cent of collected tithes and offerings go from the local church to the conference. It is then redistributed. More content and information on the breakdown of this distribution coming soon.

    While the global church follows a set offering schedule, there are dates within that schedule where the offering will support local churches, conference projects or union initiatives. See below for tithe and offering information and resources.

    Supporting Individuals, families & the community

    Much of our humanitarian work through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). It is the official humanitarian agency of the Adventist Church. The agency is operated by the church for the purpose of providing individual and community development and support, and disaster relief.

    You can help by volunteering at one of our centres of support, by dropping off non-perishable foods at one of our ADRA centres or food pantries, or by donating to ADRA Australia at www.adra.org.au/donate. All donations to ADRA Australia of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

    Also accepting donations is the 10,000 Toes initiative. South Pacific nations have the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world. As a result of this the United Nations reports that diabetes and other non-communicable diseases are one of the greatest threats to the regions development.

    The 10,000 Toes campaign is committed to saving the lives and limbs of those affected. Learn more about this initiative and donate at www.10000toes.com.

    Personal Development / Stewardship

    When we acknowledge that everything we are and all that we have comes from God and actually belongs to Him, it transforms the way we view what He has given us, including finances. For finance resources and budgeting workshops and events, head to our Personal Development (Stewardship) page.

    eGiving & [email protected]

    eGiving allows secure online payments to Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Australia and New Zealand. Your generous tithe, offering, and donations help us build a better church and community. Give online at egiving.org.au. For how to use the eGiving website and app, click here.

    Trust Services

    The Greater Sydney Conference provides a complimentary trust service to church members, their families, and friends in the preparation of wills. Find out more about our Trust Services.

    Role of the Local Church Treasurer

    The gathering and handling of funds for the Lord’s work is a sacred responsibility.  The proper channel through which these funds flow is first from members to the local church, where the treasurer receives the funds.  The treasurer disburses funds intended for local church purposes.  The treasurer holds the funds in trust and then passes on to the Conference treasurer funds intended for Conference or general purposes.

    The treasurer of the local church works under the direction of the Board.  Treasurers do not act independently.  They disburse funds only by action or authority of responsible committees.

     

    Training

    Treasury Training courses are for all the local church treasurers. They are held on a monthly bases by GSC and are free of charge.

    All upcoming training courses will be listed on our Events and Local Church pages. Questions regarding the trainings? Contact Richard at [email protected] or on 02 8876 5237.

     

    Resources

    Forms & Templates

    • Cash Management Fund Online Application – View Form
    • Cash Management Facility Signatory Form – View Form
    • Electronic Tithes & Offerings Terms & Conditions, Application for Password – View Form
    • Timesheets – View Form

    Manuals

    Order Forms

    Online Stationary Request Form

    GSC Offering Resources

    • 2021 Offering Readings
    • Offering Schedule
    • Offering Videos
    • eGiving How-tos

    All offering resources are available here.

    Contacts

    • Local Church finance/treasury matters – Deanne de Berg
    • GSC payroll matters – Grace Lee
    • Education payroll matters – Education Rosalinda
    •  Aged Care payroll – Alounny Berkel

    Send an email to [email protected]

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is tithe?

    Tithe is one tenth of your increase from either money or product that is returned to God. It is holy and belongs to Him, the Owner of all of our material possessions and lives. (Leviticus 27:30). The returning of tithes is an expression of our faithfulness to God.

    What’s the difference between tithe and offering?

    Tithes are returned while offerings are given. Offerings are our response of love and gratitude to God’s blessings and goodness. In giving tithes and offerings we worship God and advance His mission to make disciples in the world.

    Where do tithe and offering go?Click here

    What is stewardship?Click here

    Where can I give my tithe online? Click here

    The Finance Team

    Colin Raymond

    Chief Financial Officer

    Maxine Su

    Assistant Chief Financial Officer

    Alisa Heath

    Admin Assistant to President, Chief Financial Officer & Ministerial Secretary

    Deanne de Berg

    Conference Senior Accountant – GSC

    Richard Hurrell

    Tithes & Offerings Support – GSC

    Meleofa Fifita-Tovo

    Conference Assistant Accountant – GSC

    Aroya Tambunan

    Education Assistant Accountant – EDU

    Natalia Lopez

    Conference Accountant – GSU

    Grace Lee

    Conference Assistant Accountant – GSC

    Rosalinda Suarez

    Education Assistant Accountant / Payroll – EDU

    Penny Fang

    Education Assistant
    Accountant – EDU

    Jane Teaupa

    Education Accountant – EDU

    Ducus Mwanaka

    Education Assistant Accountant – EDU

    Siaw Yap

    Aged Care Senior Accountant – AAC

    Alounny Berkel

    Aged Care Accountant – AAC

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