What is Faith Promise?
Faith Promise is an agreement between you and God. It is a promise that as God enables, you will give a certain amount, designated “Faith Promise” to the Oak Mountain’s World Missions program, above and beyond your tithe.
How does Faith Promise work?
A person makes a Faith Promise pledge by praying and seeking God concerning an amount that you believe He would have you give to missions through OMPC this year. Once you have discerned God’s leading, make a pledge by turning it in on a pledge card. Then, throughout the year, continue to pray and watch God provide, giving as He does so. You might be amazed – finding it encouraging to your faith! Perhaps you will receive unexpected income. Perhaps you will come across unexpected discounts, freeing money to give. You may find creative new ways to increase income – working, selling, etc. The Father may open your eyes to current abundance or extravagance, finding that He has already provided all you need to meet your pledge. The provision may come all at once or a little at a time, but as it comes, give toward meeting your pledge.
I can’t make a Faith Promise pledge–I can barely even meet my expenses right now.
Actually, you CAN make a Faith Promise pledge, and you’re in the perfect position to do so! If you “can’t” meet your own needs and “can’t” give to missions, then you will KNOW it is all God’s doing when He enables you to fulfil your pledge. Because you can’t make or meet a pledge in your own strength and own resources, you will have to depend entirely upon His provision. Consider the people of Israel – they had no way to feed themselves in the wilderness, yet God provided. They had no source of water, but God provided. If you are in a place where no amount of creatively cutting expenses or adding income can provide for a Faith Promise pledge, then your Promise will be by Faith. As explained above, pray about your pledge to discern the Father’s leading. If He leads you to make a pledge, trust Him to provide; just watch to recognize when He does so.
“… for He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23
Why do I need to make a pledge & turn in a card? Isn’t it better to just give throughout the year as I’m able?
There are two very important reasons for you to make a pledge. The annual world misions budget is set based on the declared intention of God’s people – the pledge. The amount pledged for the year is used to determine whether we can sustain our current missionary support, whether we can take on strategic new missionaries or increase support, or whether we must reduce or eliminate support for some missionaries.
Just as importantly, if you don’t make a pledge, you may miss out on seeing God meet your needs. Those who don’t pledge will not be watching expectantly for how God will provide the pledged amount. They may be able to give, but it will not be the same faith-building experience as when pledging.
Is Faith Promise Scriptural?
The principle underlying Faith Promise giving is found in chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians. In verse 3 of chapter 8, the Macedonians’ giving “according to their ability” (such as tithing) is distinguished from their giving “beyond their ability” (such as Faith Promise giving). The latter phrase refes to looking to the Lord in faith for the ways He will enable us to give beyond our ability. (see also I Chron. 29:14, Luke 6:38, Mal. 3:10, Ps. 37:5, Mark 12:44.)
Should I cut back regular giving to increase missions giving?
No! Operating costs for the church won’t decrease but will actually rise with the rising cost of living. Regular giving should continue as normal. Faith Promise giving is separate from and above your tithe.
I already personally support individual missionaries. Why should I join in Faith Promise giving? Isn’t my individual support enough?
It’s great that you are personally suppporting missionaries. However, God does call us as a body to come together as a community of faith to acomplish His work. Just as we engage in corporate worship, so we engage in corporate giving. The Church is God’s agent for the furtherance of His gospel, and we should come together as a church to fulfill this mission. Also, OMPC’s missions team is able to identify and engage with holistic, mulitiplication ministries that may be more strategic in nature.
How do I designate my Faith Promise giving?
Your check should indicate “Faith Promise” on the memo line, or be placed in an envelope with “Faith Promise” marked. If giving online, in the “select one" box (beside the amount), choose “Faith Promise 2015.” Undesignated gifts will go directly to the church general fund and not to missions. Please be sure to designate! Or you can give directly online here.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, ‘HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.’ Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” - 2 Corinthians 9:8-10