Faith promise giving is a financial commitment to contribute a specific amount of money on an ongoing basis to the global missions of the church. Unlike tithing, a faith promise is a long-term commitment to give beyond your normal offering in order to further the gospel.

The benefits of faith promise giving

There are many benefits of faith promise giving when it comes to spreading the word of God across the globe. Two of the most significant advantages of this approach to giving include:

  1. Making world missions a top priority for the church community
  2. Creating a community that is more focused on missions thanks to a “direct and personal connection between church members and missions.”

Faith promise giving in the Bible

Faith promise giving is thought to have originated with the 19th-century. Faith promise giving is modeled on 2 Corinthians 10:15-16, which states,

“[15] Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, [16] To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.”

In addition to this passage, 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 lay out a framework for faith promise giving. Some of the key principles of faith promise giving that are outlined in these chapters include:

  • A prerequisite that believers first give themselves to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:5)
  • The importance of having a cheerful attitude when giving (2 Corinthians 9:7)
  • The idea that our willingness to contribute to missions shows our commitment to furthering God’s work (2 Corinthians 8:3, 9:7)
  • The principle that giving also reflects our gratitude and debt to Christ (2 Corinthians 8:8-9, 24)
  • The importance that faith giving be sacrificial (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Key elements of faith promise giving

Although faith promise giving varies slightly among churches, there are several key components, which are similar in most congregations. They include:

  • A faith promise is given in addition to a normal offering
  • A faith promise centers around having faith that God will provide
  • Most churches encourage members to prayerfully consider how much they should commit
  • Typically the financial promise is for a specific period of time that the church bases their support for missionaries around

It is key to remember that faith giving is a privilege that allows you to be a part of God’s work around the globe. A faith promise is a commitment between you and God, and should always be given in a cheerful and willing spirit that reflects your thankfulness for all that Christ has done for you.

How to give to Faith Promise

Faith Promise giving can be done in the church, or online, by designating your giving for Faith Promise Missions. Online, this can be done by going to our online giving page and choosing the designation. In church, you can simply put your giving into an envelope, or with a note, with the designation written on it.