are the donations going towards a tax deductable building fund? can I get a tax receipt?
Even though Bright Church are registered as a charity it does not automatically mean your donations to the church are eligible for a tax deductable receipt. For Bright Church to be registered with a Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) status we need to have additional requirement’s which unfortunately Church’s in Australia cannot apply for. To have DGR status we need to be registered as an Public Benevolent institution (PBI) like World Vision or Tearfund. Or, the other way to get DGR status is to have our building fund be used for education purposes like a university or school. Sadly, we can’t justify our Kingdom Builders donations (Legacy Fund) as DGR because it is not being solely used for education purposes.
is giving financially the only way to build God’s kingdom?
No. There are many people around the world who build the Kingdom of God and cannot contribute financially. The term ‘Kingdom Builders’ is not mutually exclusive. Giving financially is just one way you can build the Kingdom of God (Rom 14:17, Matt 28:18-20).
isn’t ‘all giving’ (any amount) considered ‘generous’?
Giving financially doesn’t necessarily imply generosity. Generosity is about the percentage that you give. We believe the biblical definition of generosity is “a good percentage from a right heart” (1 Tim 6:17-19, Mark 12:41-44, 2 Cor 9:5-11). Therefore, we see that someone could be both generous and not be part of Kingdom Builders.
what if I cannot fulfil my pledge?
We encourage people to prayerfully consider their pledged amounts (Luke 14:28). We also accept that sometimes circumstances change and people will unable to fulfill the pledged amount. If this should happen, you can just speak with someone on the Kingdom Builders team and advise them.
what if I really want to be part of kingdom builders but can’t afford it?
For some, affordability means re-arranging priorities (e.g.: consider how much you spend on coffee in a year. One coffee per day costs $2000 a year). However, if someone genuinely cannot afford it -then they should not join. It’s important to note, a person’s value to God or Bright Church has no bearing on whether they join Kingdom Builders. Furthermore, there is no pressure to join Kingdom Builders. The Body of Christ works because different people have different graces (Rom 12:6-9, 1 Cor 12). While you may not be able to contribute as part of Kingdom Builders, you can contribute in other very meaningful ways. As we achieve more together, we also celebrate the successes together because we are one church that sacrifices in different ways. Finally, please remember that you can always contribute towards our Miracle Offering at the end of June. Any amount you can contribute is appreciated.