All MBC's funds are generated from within the church community - members and attenders giving to God through the local church as an expression of their discipleship.
Consider the biblical principles about Christian giving in these three verses:
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11
“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.”
1 Corinthians 16:2
From these verses, we can conclude that Christian giving should always be generous, cheerful, regular, planned, prioritised and proportionate to our income.
MBC encourages its members to take these verses seriously and prayerfully decide on a regular sum of money to give to church funds. The amount will depend on a person's income. In giving money to the local church we are deliberately not exercising choice in how to use the money, but trusting that money back to God. There is a deliberate desire on our part to demonstrate that money is not an idol to us.
MBC encourages the practice of "tithing" (giving 10% of one's income to God) while recognising that Christians will sometimes wish to choose a higher or lower percentage. MBC also encourages a generous response to other charitable causes over and above giving to a local church. The important thing is to adopt a regular, planned and proportionate approach as part of our discipleship and commitment to God. We are also encouraged by scripture to be cheerful and generous in our giving!
As a church, MBC demonstrates this generosity. A substantial part of church income is given away to other Christian and humanitarian causes, locally and across the world. We also put money into events and initiatives for the benefit of our local community.
Giving at MBC is mainly by monthly standing order, as we do not take up offerings during our services. Therefore, we would encourage you to take out a standing order for a sum that you can afford and which is in proportion to the money you have coming in. You can always adjust the amount later if your circumstances change.
If you're a taxpayer, we'd also encourage you to sign a Gift Aid Declaration. This enables us to reclaim the tax you've paid on your donations, increasing their value to the church by 25% at no extra cost to you.
to download a standing order form to make monthly donations.
to download a Gift Aid Declaration.
to see MBC's 2018-19 annual report and audited accounts.
We believe that it's best to give to God out of gratitude and as part of our worship - so you won't find that anyone puts pressure on you to give money that you haven't got.
Click here to make a one-off donation (or regular monthly donation) to church funds using your credit or debit card (MBC will automatically add Gift Aid if you are known to us):