Sometimes we feel reticent talking much about money, and about giving to the church, and this is understandable given the way some religious – and even ‘Christian’ – groups exploit people in shocking ways. The New Testament, like the Old Testament, however, does give clear instruction: Christian giving is not to be left to chance, but is to be done in a properly organised way.
Paul gives considerable attention to the administration of money, devoting most of 2 Corinthians 8 - 9 to the subject (as well as instructions elsewhere). They highlight some key principles to think about corporately and individually.
Churches are instructed that giving is to be organised:
- Properly (8:16-24)
- Openly (8:21)
- Wisely (8:22)
- Strategically (8:18, 19, 23)
Individuals are likewise instructed to give:
- Regularly (9:5)
- Willingly (9:6-7)
- Confidently (9:8-11)
Please do study these Scriptures, thinking carefully and prayerfully about your own commitment to giving as part of the fellowship at the Tron.
Every Gospel ministry requires funding and the ministries of the Tron and the Epaphras Trust are no exception. In order to develop our vision of reaching out to the lost, of building up the people of God and sending out workers into the harvest fields, we require funds. Donations can be made in a variety of ways: through the bank by standing order, by using the envelope scheme or putting cash in the offering plate or by cheque.
Giving to the Epaphras Trust will be used to pay the salaries of our city centre workers, apprentices and administrative staff, our Monday to Saturday weekday ministry in Glasgow and to support our mission partners working in the UK and throughout the world.
If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Margo, the Tron's treasurer, or Richard, the ET treasurer, on firstname.lastname@example.org.