Offering Video – 12TH August 2017
Discover how the Record impacted Charen’s decision to follow Jesus. More on this week’s offering.
Talents & Spiritual Gifts
Identifying your spiritual gift also involves input from other members of the ‘body’. When you go through the Connections workshops you will receive observation forms to hand to others which will be useful in getting feedback on how other people see your gifts.
For now, take the time to answer the following questions that will help you identify your gifts.
WHERE DO MY OFFERING GO?
Where do our offerings go?
25% to nominated World Mission projects (refer to back page of Sabbath School lesson) and 75% to World Mission Budget – General Conference
Bible correspondence course, Dial-a-Prayer, Signs Ministry, Net Adventist Web Ministry, Music Ministry, letter box card supply, public relations, marketing, communications – Adventist Media Network
AM, FM radio, internet broadcasting, 10/40 window outreach – General Conference
Unique mission opportunities – General Conference
To assist in covering the costs of supplies and expenses of the ADRA Appeal – Local Conference
Mamarapha College and other projects as designated by the Australian Union Conference – Australian Union Conference
Institutions: Avondale & Pacific Adventist University in alternate years – South Pacific Division
Pacific Island projects as allocated by the South Pacific Division
Collected biannually to provide services to the hearing and sight impaired – South Pacific Division
To assist ADRA Australia respond to suffering in the wake of disasters both here and overseas – ADRA Australia
Where this is collected within a Local Conference, it is allocated to assist in the funding of their education operations – Local Conference
Development of health, temperance and lifestyle projects – shared 50/50 with Local Conference and the South Pacific Division
Outreach, church ministries, utilities, repairs and maintenance, Sabbath School expenses, worship resources, local church school support, insurance and more –Local Church
Specific Projects, including new churches, evangelism, youth camp development, camp meetings, guest speakers, regional meetings – Local Conference
Capital expenditure projects in the Union Missions – South Pacific Division
The support of pastors in the Mission Territories –South Pacific Division
Assist in the printing and supplying of the Record to members in the South Pacific Division – Adventist Media Network
Allocated for mission programs and projects in the World Divisions – General Conference
Inter-Division employee budgets, and mission budgets distributed for worldwide mission programs and projects – General Conference
Unentered territories/people groups, church plants – General Conference
Youth volunteer projects and evangelism collected biannually (odd numbered years). Funds are allocated by the South Pacific Division to Local Conferences and Missions for specific youth projects – South Pacific Division
learn more about tithing
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.
Yes. 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.
Tithe should be returned first, when the personal income or increase is received.
With money, place it in a Tithe and Offering envelope and return the envelope to the church you attend. Make it an act of worship as you remember that He is your Creator, Redeemer and Lord of all your life.
Within the SDA church tithe is received by the local congregation and sent on to the local conference/mission/field office. This is the central “storehouse” for distribution in keeping with Church Policy.
While the distribution percentages vary somewhat in different conferences, the largest portion of the tithe is used to support the ministry of local churches through pastoral salaries, as well as evangelism and additional services provided to the local church.
Yes. As the Israelites were about to be established as a nation, tithing was reaffirmed by God (Deuteronomy 14:22-27). The tithing system reaches beyond the days of Moses and Abraham thus providing a foundation for tithing practices in the New Testament.
Regardless of your financial obligations, you are always ‘in debt’ to God, the owner of all. It is a gross injustice to use God’s holy tithe to square your accounts with human creditors.
Love is the motive and rational that leads us to recognize our responsibility whether rich or poor. Without love, the rich will not like to return tithe. Without love, the poor will not like to return tithe from the little he has. Tithing is easy for all who remember God’s ownership and respond in love and worship.
By returning one tenth of our increase to Him, we remember God is the owner of everything He has entrusted into our hands. Tithing incorporates our worship to partnership with God, support of His mission, ministry, and church. Tithing is also an expression of loyalty that connects us with God’s promises and blessings, giving us a sense of fellowship in the Divine-human partnership.