Giving and Stewardship
The Third Church purpose statement is: “People that come in contact with the Third Church body will experience the Fruit of the Spirit, an ever-deepening intimacy with the Triune God and an ever-increasing sacrificial generosity of the body.” The generous gifts from the Third Church body are used to support our ministries and operations that are focused on our mission statement of “sending servant-hearted disciples with a passion for Jesus into the world.” About 27% of our budget is sent out to support a variety of ministries focused on expanding the kingdom locally, regionally and globally (please see page 32 of the 2016 Annual Report for additional information).
Give at the church
Put in the offering plate at any Sunday worship service or bring to the church office.
More and more individuals and families are choosing to give online. This secure and convenient service simplifies the giving process and allows you to give 24/7. Online giving allows you to give to Third Church by credit or debit card or by a transfer of funds from your bank account (ACH). You can set up online giving as a one-time gift or as a recurring gift. Setting up a recurring gift helps to improve stewardship and encourages consistent giving. To make an online gift, please click here.
Text Giving allows you to use your credit or debit card to give to Third Church with a text message. To use Text Giving:
1. Text the amount you would like to give to Third’s designated number, 641-243-4428.
2. The first time you use text giving, you will be prompted to visit a secure URL where you will be asked to enter your credit or debit card information.
3. All future donations can be made by simply texting the amount you would like to give to Third’s designated number, 641-243-4428.
4. You will receive a text confirmation that your gift was successful.
Automatic (ACH) Contributions
Automatic (ACH) Contributions are a convenient way to give through an ACH from your checking account. You have the option to set up weekly (every Friday) or monthly (on the 15th) contributions. Setting up a recurring gift helps to improve stewardship and encourages consistent giving. You may pick up an enrollment form in the church office, at the Welcome Center or by clicking here. Submit your completed enrollment form to Pam Van Sant in the church office. After enrolling, you may contact the church office to make changes.
You can give to Third Church using your banks bill pay option (available at most banks).
Stocks, Mutual Funds and Grain
Here are two ways to give to Third Church and at the same time realize favorable tax benefits.
Stock and Mutual Funds: If securities have been held for more than one year and are gifted directly to Third Church, the donor receives a tax deduction equal to the appreciated value of the security and the unrealized capital gain is not taxable.
Grain: A donor can realize a tax benefit by gifting grain directly to Third Church. To make the gift, grain is transferred to Third Church when delivered to the elevator or if the grain is in storage, by instructing elevator personnel to transfer the grain to Third Church. The tax benefit is from not recognizing income on the sale of the grain.
Please consult your tax advisor, or financial advisor for advice about your individual situation.
Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
An individual age 70½ or older can make gifts directly from an individual retirement account (IRA), including required minimum distributions, of up to $100,000 to Third Church and not have to report the IRA distributions as taxable income on their income tax returns. Please consult your tax advisor for advice about your individual situation.
You may mail your gifts to the following address:
Third Reformed Church
708 East 13th Street
Pella, IA 50219
Consider remembering Third Church in your estate planning. Please consult your legal and/or tax advisor for advice about your individual situation.
If you have questions about giving to Third Church, please contact Dan Sorensen, 641-628-4900 x206 or Pam Van Sant, 641-628-4900 x205.
Financial Accountability at Third ChurchThird Church is committed to wise and faithful stewardship, ethical business practices and full accountability to ensure the financial integrity of Third Church. This is accomplished through:
• A system of internal controls that provides accountability over the handling of funds.
• Budget approval by the Executive Board and congregation and an internal reporting process where actual expenses are compared to budget and material discrepancies are investigated.
• Reporting of actual financial results to the Executive Board.
• An annual audit by an independent certified public accounting firm.
• Membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance standards.
• Copies of Third Church’s audited financial statements are available in the church office.
Questions about Third Church financial practices may be directed to Dan Sorensen, Executive Director of Operations, 641-628-4900 x206.