by Benson Hines, External Focus Coordinator
Thursday, September 18th, is North Texas Giving Day! You may already have gotten bombarded with requests to give like we have (as you might imagine, the External Focus team is on a lot of non-profit mailing lists!). But here’s what Giving Day is all about: In very basic terms, it helps multiply donations to our ministry partners (and other non-profits). Every donation brings additional funds on top of what you give – wade through the FAQ for the details.
But the point is, Giving Day is a great opportunity for you to give generously to organizations that are making an impact.
We love how generous our body is with their time, talents AND “treasures” – both here at Watermark and with numerous trusted organizations outside our walls. But we always want to serve and give in the healthiest of ways. So we wanted to post a few principles to think about as you consider giving, whether next Thursday or anytime! (At the bottom, you’ll see a list of our present Ministry Partners participating in this year’s Giving Day.)
“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” (I Tim. 6:17-19 ESV)
- Giving happens best in the context of relationship. From the “man on the corner” to the non-profit organization, it’s always healthiest when we can give to people we’ve gotten to know. Fortunately, Watermark Church has been able to forge ongoing relationships with various ministries. (See those below.) But even if you choose one of those partners, we still encourage you to personally build your relationship with ministries you choose to support. And if that means you go “all in” with one ministry rather than giving broadly, that’s fantastic!
- Giving should add to our personal involvement in service, not replace it. We have to fight the notion that we can “check the box” on serving others simply by writing a check. Instead, we should check our hearts before giving: Is our giving cheerful and others-centered, or are we primarily giving “just because we should” while avoiding effort? (II Cor. 9:7)
- Giving financially helps ministries do great things. When a ministry’s leaders are wise (see #1 for how we can determine that), then they’re able to do exciting things as they steward God’s resources. While donating goods is certainly beneficial, financial donations are often the most cost-effective ways to help a ministry. Through connections a ministry has built, the opportunity to purchase their needs in bulk, and the flexibility to prioritize their purchases, leaders often “stretch” donated dollars in surprising ways.
(Scripture speaks a LOT about Giving. But one great place to read about this kind of giving is in II Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9.)
Watermark Ministry Partners participating in Giving Day
Click on any partner to learn more about them – always a great thing before you give!
- ACT – Advocates for Community Transformation
- Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
- Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
- Interfaith Housing Coalition
- Mercy Street
- Readers 2 Leaders
- Thrive Women’s Clinic (use password: Isaiah44:4)
- Union Gospel Mission
To learn more about North Texas Giving Day or to participate on Thursday, Sept. 18th, from 6am to midnight, click here.