C3, for their Rise and Build event, have released a publication called Vision Builders. I had to write this out because I am absent of a scanner or camera at the moment. I found this booklet quite revealing.
Every year we jointly commit to the task of resourcing the vision that God has given us. When we work together in unity we can build something that enables God to reach the world and be reconciled to Him. We are convinced that giving to Vision Builders secures a strong and exciting future for our church. We have seen miracles unfold in people’s lives as they have aligned their heart, purpose and financial with God’s vision to build His Church. As we each give our time and resources, together we will see lives transformed, captives released, and eyes open to the reality of Christ.” (pg 3 of ‘Vision Builders’)
This statement has Phil Pringle’s signature to it with him and his wife’s name to it. These article articles are interesting too:
We believe in the church gathered, united with one voice, one heart and one goal. C3 church is a place where we call home, we create space and room for people to grow, worship and live their lives wholly for Christ. Our 3 campuses are where people gather, meet each other and meet God. Places where buildings overflow with people, where generations are inspired, equipped and empowered in our training programs, and beyond initiatives aid people locally and globally in their times of need. This is only the beginning.
We see our church community discovering a life that is the best it can be through providing more places where people can encounter God. There are stories waiting to be told and eyes waiting to be unveiled to the truth. We have a united vision to build the church by connecting people to God and connecting people to eachother… As we partner financially together we fuel the vision Sydney a City for Christ. We are bringing Jesus into contact with the one person. We are building the Church and we will see hundreds and thousands of lives changed. Let’s liberate a city and nation through the life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ by every available relevant means. (pg 7 of ‘Vision Builders’)
With a big flashy graphic taking up the booklet, the bottom half of the booklet on pg 8 had this scripture:
“David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death. 2 Chronicles 22:5 NASB” (pg 8 of ‘Vision Builders’)
You can just imagine which words were expressed in bigger font to drive home what was being implied by that scripture. Next page was this title with this subheading:
Our vision is that every person is, no matter what their story, would give to God through the Vision Builders Program, holding nothing back, freely and generously, in worship of God. It’s not about equal giving but equal sacrifice.” (pg 9 of ‘Vision Builders’)
Following this is an article about ‘Beyond’. Then there was this article on the same page:
“YOUR BEST LIFE TELEVISION
Television is just that, it’s Tel-EVERYONE. We have a passion to reach the world through television and our television presence is extending to a greater reach than ever before. Our vision is to make a way for the message God has placed inside our hearts to reach into households and living rooms, to reach people exactly where they are at in life. Our TV ministry produces a world-class quality 30-minute weekly television show ‘Your Best Life with Phil Pringle’, which is broadcast through Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK weekly. People are watching more TV than ever before and we want to reach them with the message of Christ and point them towards their local C3 Church. When a show comes out of a local church it creates a context for people to get connected to a local church. Through broadcasting a church full of life, alive and bright, we show believers and unbelievers worldwide that God is alive, the church is alive and that He desires us to live our best life for His glory. Our desire is that people see, feel and touch God.” (pg 9 of ‘Vision Builders’)
Once again a nice big graphic fills the page spread and part of a whole page is filled with this only text:
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it! 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 MESSAGE”
Finally – this booklet wouldn’t be a C3 booklet unless it talked about what it loves most:
How Can You Be A Part Of Vision Builders 2010?
Prayerfully consider the level of giving that you feel is appropriate for you. Your decision should be based on both faith and wisdom. Remember, the philosophy of Vision Builders is equal sacrifice, not equal giving.
Make a formal commitment to give on a Vision Builders commitment card during all weekend sevices throughout June 2010. Alternatively, you can obtain a commitment card at any time from the information desk in the church foyer.
SERVING CHOOSE YOUR METHOD OF FULFILLMENT
Regular Payment This is one of the most successful ways to fulfill your commitment by making a regular weekly or monthly contribution. Regular giving is rewarding and quickly builds as illustrated below.
Two Trust Funds that do not have tax deductibility status have been set up for those who do not need or wish to take advantage of the taxation benefits. Money given to these trusts will be used for expenditure beyond the purposes approved by the Australian Tax Office. The Trust Fund details are as follows:
- Oxford Falls and Silverwater Campuses
- ‘C3 Church Building Trust’
- ‘God In The City Rise And Build General’
- City Campus
Salary sacrifice You can arrange with your employer to make a deduction from your salary each pay before tax. Please contact the C3 Church Accounts Department to organise.
Direct Transfer This can be arranged through your employer or bank. Your bank can arrange regular transfers to occur automatically. You can also arrange regular payments via internet banking. Again, please contact the C3 Church Accounts Department to organise. Alternatively, you can choose to make a payment from money currently available or when you receive a work bonus, tax refund or via an asset sale.
Online Donation This is a popular and convenient way of giving via the Internet. Please visit our website at http://www.myc3church.net. Then use the ‘Online Giving’ link Complete the information required and select the ‘Vision Builders’ field and continue with ‘proceed’.
All donations in excess of $2 given to C3 Vision Builders ABN. XX XXX XXX XXX are tax deductible. The real cost of your contribution can therefore be significantly less than the real amount donated as shown from the following table. A Tax Receipt will be issued soon after the end of the Financial Year.
The example below shows the possible Tax Benefit depending on income based on a donation of $1,000. (pg 11 of ‘Vision Builders’)
The following page continues talking about money. Please note what is said. This is what Phil Pringle teaches about finances from behind the pulpit, (regarding paying the tithe before paying bills):
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The vision builders program?
The Vision Builders program is the overarching banner for our Rise & Build, Beyond, and Television Partners initiatives. Vision Builders is responsible for raising the finance needed to facilitate all of these areas of our Church life.
Are My vision builders contributions tax-deductible?
Contributions of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Can I give to vision builders instead of tithing?
The Bible instructs people to tithe the first 10% of income to the church – the ‘House of God’ for the operation of the church (Mal 3:10, Matt 23:23). Vision Builders giving should be seen as giving ‘over and above’ the tithe.
What if i can’t fulfil my pledge?
Firstly, we encourage people to make realistic pledges. Having done that, we understand that sometimes unexpected events happen and for whatever reason people are unable to fulfil their pledge. We release people from their commitments every year, but suggest that you may still want to fulfil your pledge by breaking it down into smaller amounts over a longer period of time.
I am in significant debt, should i pay off my debts or give to vision builders?
If you are in ‘out of control debt’, after your tithe the debt should be your next priority. Reducing the debt to a manageable amount (or even clearing it completely) should be done before significant commitments are made to Vision Builders.
Do You need my personal details? I wish to remain anonymous.
You may remain anonymous if you wish, however you will not be able to claim tax deductability for your giving as we will be unable to give you a record of your giving which you will need to submit to the Australian Tax Office.
How should i determine how much to give to vision builders?
A combination of Faith and Wisdom should be used in determining how much to give. Proverbs 24:3 “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts” (TLB)
I am only new to church, should i be giving to vision builders? If so, why?
There is no pressure for anyone, new or old to give to Vision Builders, nor is there any minimum requirement. New people who would like to give are most welcome, as is anyone who resonates with the vision we have for Vision Builders.
How Do we know where the money goes?
Our financial accounts are audited by an independent accounting firm. We make available a summary every year of ‘where the money goes’ to any member of C3 Church who would like the information.
What if i am currently directly transferring money into the rise & build, television partners or beyond accounts?
We would advise that you discontinue with this giving and rearrange to directly transfer money into the Vision Builders Fund. Please contact the C3 Church Accounting Department who will provide the details to enable you to facilitate this.
What if i only want to give to a designated area?
Generally, we would encourage you to give into the Vision Builders Fund where the moneys will be allocated based on the current needs in the three areas. However, if you have a preferred area of giving, please indicate this on your commitment card. (pg 12 of ‘Vision Builders’)
In the following posts below I will express my views on this C3 document.