We are truly grateful for your stewardship and partnership. We hope the convenience and simplicity of how to give will be helpful to you.  Please let us know if you have any questions and again thank you for honoring God with your finances! May God richly bless your investment into His Kingdom work!

WAYS TO GIVE

1. GIVE ONLINE

You can give online using our safe and secure partner company Planning Center Giving. It is simple and easy. You can set up a reoccurring schedule, easily track and adjust your giving, access your giving history, and more. We have moved from using E-Give to using Planning Center Giving is our primary way to help people give to Existence Church. If you are looking for your E-Give account access all you need to do is CLICK HERE. We would ask that your please consider moving over to Planning Center Giving.

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CLICK HERE TO GIVE


2. Text to GIVE

You can now use Text-to-Give which provides a convenient, lightning fast way to give. To get started, “TEXT any dollar amount to 84321 to give.” Then follow a quick, self-guided setup process to connect your mobile phone number to the church, your donor account, and a payment source. After that, donating is as easy as sending a text!

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3. GIVE IN PERSON

You can give in person at either of our weekend services. Giving kiosks are at the back of the auditorium or simply drop your donation in the buckets as they go by during service.

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4. GIVE BY MAIL

You can give by mailing a check to our church address: 10960 Via Frontera Road, San Diego, CA 92127.


LOOKING FOR E-GIVE

We have moved from using E-Give to using Planning Center Giving is our primary way to help people give to Existence Church. If you are looking for your OLD E-GIVE account access all you need to do is click here.We would ask that your please consider moving over to Planning Center Giving. Planning Center Giving allows you to have instant access to your giving records, set up reoccurring schedules, and more.


SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

Stewardship refers to the fact that God made us managers, not owners. Everything we have belongs to God. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). When God created humans, He placed them in a position of managing the earth, not owning it (Genesis 2:15). Understanding this is foundational to the practice of tithing because once we appreciate that God owns everything, it flows that we would return to God a portion of what He has given us.

Grounded in the concept of stewardship, tithing is a primary way by which we, as Christ-followers, can recognize and demonstrate that God has primacy in our lives. When we tithe, we are returning to God that which is already His.

Tithing, though, also has very practical implications which God described in Deuteronomy 14:22-29. These are:

  • To honor and revere God;
  • To provide for others; and
  • To receive God’s blessing.

To “honor and revere God” means that when we tithe, we demonstrate that God is first in our lives, that He is supreme. We demonstrate that as stewards of all that God has given us, we are trusting Him, not money, and that we are confident in His provision (Matthew 6:19-34).

Tithing also is the God-appointed manner in which His ministry on earth is funded. For the Israelites, tithes primarily supported the priests who did God’s work since they had no other income (Deuteronomy 14:27-29). Jesus directed His disciples to receive support from those to whom they ministered (Matthew 10:9-10) and He Himself was supported by several women “from their own means” (Luke 8:1-3). The Apostle Paul who affirmed Jesus’ teaching outright (1 Cor. 9:14), was himself supported by the Macedonians (2 Corinthians 11:9) and took up offerings to provide for those in need in Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 9:5-15; Acts 24:17). For a modern-day Christ-follower, tithing supports all that the church does, whether purchasing curriculum for children’s ministry, rescuing women from the sex trade, or planting a church in a new community to reach more people who are lost and hurting. Tithing funds everything God has called the church to do, and importantly, tithing plays a large role in determining the church’s ability to fulfill the specific vision God has for it.

Finally, God promises blessings when we tithe (Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:10). While such blessings may come in various forms, such as financial blessings, protection, favorable health, and the like, there is no limit to what this may mean. Indeed, being “blessed” quite simply means having supernatural power working for us. While God doesn’t “need” our money, we most certainly need His blessing.

This is a common misconception. While tithing is certainly a part of the Old Testament law, it both pre-dates the law itself, and is again affirmed by Jesus in the New Testament. Some 430 years before God gave the Israelites the law through Moses, Abraham, having returned from defeating a conglomerate of kings, was recorded as having given a tenth of the plunder to the priest Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20). A few years later, and still centuries before the law was given, Jacob is recorded as promising to tithe to God from “all that [He] has given [him] (Genesis 28:20-22).

Thus, when the law was given and a system of tithing was instituted (see Deuteronomy 14:22-29), this was not a new practice. Nor was tithing abolished when Jesus fulfilled the law. Indeed, Jesus affirmed the practice when He chastised the hypocritical Pharisees who were tithing but failed to exercise justice, mercy and faithfulness. Jesus told them they “should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former” (Matthew 23:23). In other passages of scripture, Jesus presupposed tithing as the means of funding His ministry on earth (See Matthew 10:9-10 and Luke 8:1-3). The Apostle Paul had this same method of supporting kingdom work in mind as well stating that “the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14), acknowledging that he himself was supported by others (2 Corinthians 11:9) and by arranging a collection from the Corinthian church to take to those in Jerusalem in need (2 Corinthians 9).

While some may still persist in a belief that because we are under “grace”, we no longer need to tithe, it is important to remember that grace always has a higher standard than the law (Matthew 5:17-20). Indeed, each time Jesus referenced a law that had been set forth in the Old Testament, He then set forth a higher standard, essentially raising the spiritual bar. For example, while the Law commanded not to murder (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17), Jesus taught that it is wrong to even be angry with a person (Matthew 5:22). Though the Law prohibited adultery (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18), Jesus taught it is wrong to even look at a woman lustfully (Matthew 5:28). And when provided the opportunity to comment on the amount people were putting into the temple treasury, it is noteworthy that Jesus held in esteem the widow who gave 100% of what she had to live on (Luke 21:1-4).

Far from being an irrelevant Old-Testament teaching, tithing not only transcends the law, but in a world where we live under grace, the tithe – 10 percent — is simply a starting point for our giving.

Scripture teaches that when we return to God a tenth of our income, that we do so first, before we use our income for other purposes. Various scriptures refer to bringing God “firstfruits” or the “firstborn” (See Exodus 23:19; Deuteronomy 14:23; Proverbs 3:9). This is in keeping with the understanding that when we tithe, we put God first and trust in His provision. Of course, it takes faith to give to God first, before we know if we will have “enough” money. Perhaps that is why God says to “test Him in this” (Malachi 3:10). Just as the Israelites would give the firstborn lamb before they even knew whether the ewe would produce more animals, giving God our “firstfruits” means we return to God the first of our income, not whatever is left after all the bills are paid. By doing so, we then actively trust Him to meet our needs.
Money is a primary means by which Satan can draw our attention away from God. It is likely for this reason that Jesus chose to teach on money in 16 out of his 38 parables. In one such teaching, Jesus unequivocally stated that we “cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24b). He made it clear that “where [our] treasure is, there [our] heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). The apostle Paul, in writing to his young protégé Timothy, advised that the “love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10a). This is not because money is inherently bad; it, in fact, is neutral. However, it is a tool that is used frequently to turn our focus away from God. It is difficult, if not impossible, to depend on God when we are trusting in money to provide for our needs. When we have a biblical and godly understanding of money and wealth, we can use the resources God has entrusted to us for His plans and purposes.
By definition, a tithe is 10% of our gross income returned to God and offerings are amounts we give in excess of that. A great example of a biblical offering is described by the Apostle Paul when he was collecting an offering from the Corinthian church to be taken to Jerusalem to support those in need there (1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:5-15). This would be akin to a modern-day church taking up a special offering for benevolence, to provide for the poor or individuals with particular needs. While tithing refers to a set percentage of our income, offerings have no numeric limit. Paul only advises that they be given with generosity and cheerfulness.