Money and the church…two hot button issues for folks. We want to share with you what we think about money stuff, what we see God saying about it, and perhaps answer some questions about who we are and how we do things along the way.
If you are ready, click here to Give Online. Got questions? Read on, my friend!
What does Heartland believe about generosity?
As a church for the unchurched, we get two things:
- People arrive with their pockets guarded. And well they should.
- As we become like Jesus, we’ll give like Jesus.
The principles below help us to thoughtfully navigate what is both a tension & an opportunity:
- We are most alive when we give ourselves away. (Acts 20:35; Matthew 16:24-26)
- Ultimately, God owns all things and gives to us for our provision, enjoyment, and to bless others. (Deuteronomy 10:14; Psalm 24:1)
- Tithing is not the final goal of generosity. Rather, it is a tipping point of trust. If we can learn to trust Him with 10%, then we can learn to trust Him with everything. (Malachi 3:10; Philippians 4:17; II Corinthians 9:6-15)
- Generosity is the fruit of a discipling life and it includes our time, talent, and treasure. (1 Timothy 6:18-19, Luke 19:12-27)
- The church must be the most financially accountable organization in the world. (II Corinthians 8:21)
Where does all the money go?
There are three primary funds in which to give:
- The ‘Arrows Out’ Fund – this points our many arrows out on a daily basis through our regular tithes (10%). This operating fund resources everything from Children’s and Student Ministries to our adult discipling efforts. It also equips our Sunday services, Care & Counseling ministry, our many missional expressions, special events, staff salaries, leadership trainings, and – yep, you guessed it – the free coffee.
- The Jump Fund – this is a designated fund that gives us a jump in special identified projects related to facility, debt reduction, & missions. Most HCC’ers give to this fund “above and beyond” their regular tithes.
- The Compassion Fund – this fund provides practical and timely assistance in a time of crisis to those in our community.
Does HCC practice financial integrity?
In a phrase, painstakingly so. We are an accredited member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (www.EFCA.org), a national non-profit accreditation agency with the highest standards of financial integrity and accountability. We are one of just three churches in the Kansas City area to achieve and maintain this level of accreditation. Not to bore you, but it requires an intense process that includes a HCC Audit Review Team, an annual audit by an independent firm, and the ultimate oversight of our Trustee elders.
What principles are used in setting salaries?
All salary ranges are set by our volunteer Trustee Elders, who use benchmarked standards as listed by the National Association of Church Business Administrators (think the Kelly Blue Book, but for church). Specific staff salaries are then determined by the Management Team who applies those ranges to a staff member’s particular performance and experience. Management Team salaries are set by the Lead Pastor and the compensation for the Lead Pastor is proposed separately by the Advisory team. All salaries are approved by the Trustees.
Do you offer online giving?
Heartland does offer automated online giving (ACH) and it is the best thing ever! It’s the most convenient way to give, it maximizes your gift by reducing online fees, it ensures your consistent faithfulness, and it helps to bring financial stability and freedom to your church!
To get started, follow this link:
Questions? Please contact Patty Johnson, 913-341-5820 ext.103, or CLICK HERE to email.
Can I get a copy of the annual budget?
Of course. You are welcome to request copies of our annual budget summary or ask any further questions. Please contact our Director of Operations (Steve Fisher) at 913-341-5820 ext. 114, or CLICK HERE to email.
We are an accredited member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA.org), a national non-profit accreditation agency with the highest standards of financial integrity and accountability. We are one of just three churches in the Kansas City area to achieve and maintain this level of accreditation. Not to bore you, but it requires an intense process that includes an annual audit by an independent firm, the HCC Audit Review Team and ultimate oversight by our volunteer board of Trustees.