Giving & Missions
How to Give
Offerings are taken during the worship services. The offering cause should be specified on the memo line of the check. All cash received is credited to that specific offering it is given to which is also listed in the order of worship.
How Our Offerings are Structured
Phoenix URC's offering structure is quite different than many other churches. We have two different types of offerings. The first type of offering is for our general fund. If you give to the general fund you are helping to fund Phoenix URC’s annual budget. The budget is put together by the deacons every year and then approved by the members via a vote at a congregational meeting. The General Fund funds things like salaries, utilities, programs, etc. Basically the normal expenses it takes to run our local church.
The second type of offering we have is a special offering. When you give to a special offering you are giving to another organization through our church. The deacons have designated specific organizations and missionaries who these offerings are designated for. Phoenix URC usually picks three different organizations per month to have offerings for. See our list of organizations we support and our offering schedule.
Mission is at the center of what PURC is all about. After all, if God is a missionary God, we ought to be a missionary people. We believe that every church ought to be devoted to bringing the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). This gets at the heart of her God-ordained calling to be a light to the nations (Matthew -16, I Peter 2:9,10).
We believe mission occurs in many ways. It occurs through the preaching of the gospel (Romans 10:17), God-centered and evangelistic worship (I Corinthians 14:25), prayer (Colossians 4:2-4), informal conversation (Colossians 4:5,6, I Peter 3:15), deeds of love (Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35), caring for the poor (Deuteronomy 14:28,29), Through these and other ways we bear witness to God’s grace and Christ’s kingdom rule in our lives.
While mission informs our local identity and practice, we also believe that it’s crucial to support other churches and organizations which devote themselves to bringing the gospel to the nations. Check out the complete list of churches and organizations we support.
Mission Work Phoenix URC Supports
Phoenix URC takes its commitment to non-local ministries seriously. In addition to its own ministries, Phoenix URC supports a number of United Reformed federation church plants:
- Messiah's Reformed Fellowship in New York City (near Ground Zero)
- Christ Reformed Church in Washington DC
- Kauai Reformation Church in Kauai, Hawaii
- Chiesa Evangelica Riformata Filadlfiea in Milan, Italy
- Various URC church plants in Southern, CA
Phoenix URC supports missionaries. The missionaries we currently support are the Pettingills in Honduras. Mike and Erin Pettengill are affiliated with Mission to the World. You can find out more about them by following Mike on Twitter and Facebook or visit their web site and sign up for their monthly news letter.
Local Christian Schools
Phoenix URC has a long standing of supporting local Christian schools. Promoting Christian education, whether in the home or at a day school, is a huge priority at Phoenix URC. A Christian school tuition fund is in place to help families with the cost of tuition. Phoenix URC also has a Christian education non-tuition fund to help families with any other costs that might be associated with educationing their children from a Christian perspective.
Home schooling is also promoted at Phoenix URC. Home school families have a big support system at Phoenix URC.
Local Mission Opportunities
In Addition to just giving to outside causes Phoenix URC also partners with New City Ministry. Periodically, various Phoenix URC members volunteer at New City, a South Phoenix-based renewal ministry headed up by PCA pastor Dave Bennett.
The purpose of New City is to transform South Phoenix neighborhoods through painting projects, tutoring in English as a second language (ESL), homeless ministry, and Bible distribution.
Learn more at www.newcityphoenix.com