Supporting God’s Work through Giving

Giving is an act of worship—an act of faith in the One who is the owner of everything we have. Through our generosity, we reflect the giving heart of God, who sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, the most sacrificial gift of all time.

All gifts made to Grace Baptist Church are used in the support of our church’s mission to love God, grow together, and reach the world. The ministry budget is directed to our local and global missions. Your donations are also used to cover ministry expenses, operations, personnel, administrative costs, and loan payments on our building.

Described below are several ways you can make a gift to Grace Baptist Church. We thank you for your faithful and generous support of God’s work through our church’s ministries and outreach.

 

 

Ways to Give at Grace Baptist Church 

 

More and more individuals and families are choosing to give electronically. This free and convenient service simplifies the giving process, and allows you to give 24/7. It’s easy to start, change, or stop. If you are interested in giving any one-time or reoccurring gifts online, click here.

ACH payments are an easy way to give to the church monthly. Scheduled ACH transactions are automatically transferred from your bank account to the church’s bank account. It improves stewardship, encourages consistency, and increases our administrative effectiveness. If you would like to set this up, use a GraceDirect agreement form, or contact the business office at 678.830.3189

Cash and checks are the most common way people give to the church. Make checks payable to “Grace Baptist Church GA.” If you would like your cash gifts to be reflected on your giving statement, use an offering envelope and be sure to write your name and address clearly. Unless you designate a specific fund or ministry, all gifts are directed to the General Fund, which supports our ministries.

For those interested, the church provides giving envelopes. Gifts received in these giving envelopes are tracked and sent out in a quarterly statement. If you would like to sign up to receive giving envelopes, please check the box on the envelope located in one of the chair racks in the worship center or call the church business office.

Other Giving Opportunities

Our church welcomes donations of stocks and mutual funds. If securities have been held for more than one year and are donated directly to the church, the donor is able to deduct the full fair market value of the securities and avoid paying any capital gain tax. If, however, the securities are sold first and then the proceeds are given to the church, the donor still has to pay capital gain taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.). A little planning in this area can help you take full advantage of the tax benefits allowed by the government. Please contact Valarie Brown for help with this.

Many companies allow their employees to make donations to charitable organizations through payroll deductions, and they often match the gift dollar for dollar. Ask your company’s Human Resources, Matching Gift, or Payroll department if the company has a matching gift program. The church is listed as an approved tax-exempt organization by the I.R.S. under section 501(c)(3).

Over the years, the church has been given automobiles, equipment, office supplies, books, and more. We gratefully accept gifts-in-kind that we can truly use, or we try to direct donors to other ministries that have specific needs. Gifts-in-kind can be a little more complicated due to I.R.S. regulations, but we will be happy to help you with the process. Please contact Valarie Brown at 678.830.3189  to discuss any possible gift-in-kind donations.  We will then determine if and how we can use the items and if you need assistance in having the items picked up or if you’ll drop them off yourself. The church will provide a letter stating the nature of the gift but it is the donor’s responsibility to assess and document the value of the gift for tax purposes. Gifts-in-kind are not included on your quarterly statement from the church.

A charitable gift can be given to the church through your will or other estate plans. The gift can be used to honor the Lord from the financial increase He has given you during your lifetime (Proverbs 3:9-10) and to benefit your church in wonderful ways.  This type of gift can also be helpful to appropriately avoid estate taxes.  If you choose to include the church in your will or estate plan, please let your attorney know the church’s name and address. In addition, please tell your attorney that the church is a 501(c)(3) organization. If you have already included the church in your will, please let us know so that we can say “thank you.” Don’t forget that qualified retirement plans will be considered part of your estate at death, but if handled correctly they can also be deductible from the estate as charitable gifts.

We appreciate gifts that are designated “in memory of” loved ones, family members, friends and others. We are grateful for those who have uniquely remembered a loved one by making a gift in their memory to the ministries of Grace Baptist Church. Relatives or close friends may choose to designate a gift for any established fund of the church.

We are thankful for gifts that are designated “in honor of” loved ones, family members, friends, ministry leaders, pastors, mentors, and others. We are grateful for those that have uniquely remembered a loved one by making a gift in their honor to our church. Relatives or close friends may choose to designate a gift for any established fund of the church.


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