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Amazing Grace Community Church

Church Financial Accountability

Overview: At Amazing Grace Community Church we respect God's Economy of Tithes and Offerings. We also respect God's commands to take good care of our pastoral staff who, according to scripture, are worthy of double pay and who have a scriptural mandate to make all or part of their living from preaching the gospel. (See 1 Timothy 5:17-18, 1 Corinthians 9:3-14) Furthermore, we respect the hard earned money of God's people and recognize that every church should be a faithful steward of money in the eyes of God and men. (2 Corinthians 8:21)

Procedures: Accordingly, Tithes & Offerings at Amazing Grace Community Church in Westchester, IL are independently counted by two members and are deposited promptly. All financial records and disbursements are handled using the best church accounting software available today, the Intuit’s Quickbooks. Amazing Grace Community Church records are evaluated by an independent CPA auditor each year. Quarterly financial statements are available upon request from Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc. which include Amazing Grace Community Church in Westchester, IL income and outgo. Individual giving records are sent to contributors in January of the new year. Amazing Grace Community Church in Westchester, IL is under the corporate umbrella of Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc. and is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit church incorporated in Illinois. Furthermore, Amazing Grace Community Church gives 10% or more of all tithes and offerings directly to affiliated evangelistic world missions and local ministries.

Fund Raising Policy: It is the policy of Amazing Grace Community Church to honestly and accurately share the challenges and situations our church faces in all areas of our local and international ministries. We make known needs and potential solutions so that members and friends can prayerfully consider sharing financially as the Lord leads and enables them. We believe motivation for all true giving comes as God moves in the hearts of people. Our part is to inform and give opportunity without imposing undue obligation or pressure. As responsible stewards, when funding requirements for a preferred need or project are met, it is Amazing Grace Community Church’s Policy to apply remaining funds to the next priority project or pressing need.

TITHING: The word "tithe" means tenth. God has both a plan to prosper His people and to finance the spreading of the Gospel, simultaneously! It is His Tenth Plan. According to scripture, God requires ten cents on every dollar we earn to be given to our local church. The Bible says that the tithe (tenth) is holy to the Lord (Leviticus 27:30). When we are obedient to tithe, we are acknowledging that every thing we have (money, material goods, a sound mind, good health, our employment, our family, time literally everything) comes from Him. He then, in turn, increases our income, stretches our 90%, protects our 90%, and causes us to enjoy our 90% with a clear conscience.

God instructs in Malachi chapter 3 that all our "tithes" (plural, from all our income sources) go to our local church, the singular "storehouse." Also God wants to bless us as we are obedient to give offerings over and above the first tenth of our incomes. Our offerings can go wherever God may lead or for whatever purpose we desire in our hearts. God promises to multiply these offering seeds sown and to increase the fruits of our righteousness (see 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9). As we bring offerings, He promises in Luke 6:38 that there will be a reciprocal giving back to us, as He uses other people to bless our lives. He even promises in Mark 10:29, 30 that He will multiply anything we sacrifice, or give up for the cause of Christ and the Gospel. Our obedience to tithe and bring offerings proves that we are growing in Christ-like character because it is the nature of God to give. God gives. Man hoards. Satan steals. The good news is that the scriptures are copiously replete with promise after promise to meet our every need, if we are good financial stewards, so that we always have enough to live, enough to enjoy, and enough to give.

Here are some more references on Tithes and Offerings: Genesis 14:17-20, Genesis 28:10-22, Nehemiah 13:10-14, Proverbs 3:9,10, Malachi 3:6-12, Philippians 4:10-19 (especially good in the Amplified Bible), Numbers Chapter 18, Hebrews 7:8 reveals that Jesus our Great High Priest in heaven receives our tithes (actually all of chapter 7), 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Jesus said that tithing ought to be done in Luke 11:42.

Some misunderstand tithing to be only an Old Testament law. Yes, it was law under Moses. But Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the patriarchs were tithers BEFORE there was a law to do so. They did so, not because they had a RULE to do so, but because they had a REASON to do so... their FAITH in Jesus Christ. They understood tithing to be an expression of obedience from anyone who had a RELATIONSHIP with God. It was the right thing to do for people of faith BEFORE the institution of the law. And the Bible teaches in the New Testament that we are "walk in the steps of our father of faith, Abraham." So tithing is right thing to do, an expression of thanksgiving and trust, BEFORE the law, DURING the law, and AFTER the law, today under grace!

 

Report of Stewardship 2007-2008

Amazing  Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association

Church Financial Accountability

Amazing Grace Community Church
Amazing Grace Publishing 

Annual Report of Stewardship   2007 - 08

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Report of Stewardship
Amazing  Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc
2007–08 Annual Report

On behalf of the entire Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc. Board of Directors, it is our pleasure to present the 2007 -08 Annual Report.

Since the inception of the Ministry in 1989, it has been our commitment to consistently and honestly communicate the growth of the Ministry and the results of the funds invested. You will see on these pages that the 2007 -08 year has been one of remarkable progress.

New donors are getting involved each month enabling the disbursement of increasing funds directly to the ministry.

Many volunteered time and financial assistance to complete upgrade projects. What a miracle of God’s perfect provision!

The enclosed financial statements explain in further detail the various activities of the Ministry. You will also find a Statement of Activities for the Ministry. This should provide a broader understanding for the impact associated with Ministry funds.   Plans to consolidate loans to lesson our monthly expense burden will help us get through this time of financial national recession.

The Ministry Board is continuing the strategic planning process to implement long-range plans for the next ten years and beyond. It is the belief of the Board that maximum growth for the Ministry can only be achieved through a definitive plan to activate more affiliate ministry add to the local membership and build the investment level of all.

In accordance with this goal we welcome: new ministers into our affiliate minister program from the United States , Africa, the Philippines , and India   Many are now starting our School of Ministry Program in their countries preparing even more capable men and women of faith to carry the gospel to our generation.

We have set in place specific plans for the promotion of Amazing Grace Community Church . With the continued work of our Deaconess Marilyn Hoyme causing the needs of our local body to be ministered to in a more effective way.

Through Amazing Grace Ministries Publishing Co. we have provided our newsletter the “Amazing Grace E-Gospelletter Daily Devotional”. The Gospelletter is sent out free of charge for our members and friends to better disciple, promote the unity, and encourage those whom we love and who share the same hope of our Lords promise. We have a database of approximately 1000 names.

Please join us in this most worthy endeavor to ensure that Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc achieves its full potential of excellence in the coming years.

It is our privilege to serve the Ministry on your behalf. We welcome your comments, your suggestions, and most of all your involvement.

Missions Support

ICFM – International Convention of Faith Ministers
Victory Ministries – Bill Revello  Chaplain Hospital and Cook County Jail
Africa for Christ – Africa
Victory Christian Life Church - Bishop David Mukasa -Mpigi, Uganda Africa
Repairer of The Breach Community Center – Pastor Otis Davis -Chicago, IL 60609

Sincerely,

The Amazing Grace Ministries Evangelistic Association Inc Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

Rev. John Doonan
Rev. Sean Doonan
Rev. James Doonan
Rev. Bill Revello
Rev. Dianne Doonan

Minister Bridget Doonan
Jennifer Doonan
April Andresen
Sheryl Oliver

President Colorado
Vice President TX
Director Colorado
Director Illinois
Secretary
Colorado
Treasurer Colorado
Director Tennesee
Director  Illinois
Director Georgia

Staff

Senior Pastor

Rev. John Doonan

 

Children’s Ministry Director

Rev Dianne Doonan

 

Singles Minister

Bonnie Allo

 

Deaf Ministry

Barbara Karcz

 

Deaconess

Marilyn Hoyme

 

Prison Ministry

Rev Sherry Vandermay

  Office Director Illinois April Andresen

 

Affiliate Ministries:

Amazing Grace Deaf Ministry
Amazing Grace Nursing Home Ministry
Amazing Grace Open Door Ministry
Amazing Grace Publishing
Rise & Walk Ministry
Victory Ministries
I Surrender All Ministries

India
Babachen Bethel
Gospel Witness For India Ministries 
Bishop Dr M.E.Treveli Maharashtra State

Philippines

Africa
Emmanuel Victor Joseph
Otta Ogun State 23401

Bishop David Mukasa
Victory Christian Life Church  
Mpigi , Uganda