Giving at the Vineyard
Your gifts make this church possible, and every gift makes a difference.
Our Shared Values
We will continue to be a place where people who have been hurt, turned off, bored, or otherwise alienated from traditional church are able to find a home and get reconnected. That’s what we started for and that’s what we’re going for. Our 2014 annual survey showed that nearly 1/4 of the people who call our church home became a Christian here, and 40% weren’t attending another church before they found the Vineyard.
The Evanston Vineyard is the most diverse church in our area, and the most involved in serving our community. Our Food Pantry and Clothes Closet are serving 250 families each week, and we’re one of the only Food Pantries on the north side of Chicago equipped for the volume of people we serve. 500 students are being served in our community, and we regularly hear stories that we have one of the only high school ministries active in our schools — in fact, many of our High School students aren’t kids of Vineyard attendees.
In 2015, we’re launching a second campus in Chicago, and increasing the geographical reach of our church. We’re investing in college and post-college aged students who are looking for a church home. And we’re continuously working to help people connect with God in a real way, through teaching series like How to Connect With God, and our upcoming fall conference on being miracle workers.
How we use your gifts
99% of our budget is funded by general donations. We spend 56% of our budget on the personnel who lead our many ministries, including Community Life, Worship, Kids & Youth and more. 35% of our budget is spent on our facilities, Sunday worship services, special events and supplies. We invest almost 10% in our global connections and domestic church plants.
Becoming People Who Give
We believe that being people who give is an identity, not just an activity. The Bible has a lot to say about being people who give:
• Faithful giving draws us closer to God.
“Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will be also.” — Matthew 6:21
• Faithful giving is the key to a full life.
“Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously… By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life.” — 1 Timothy 6:18–19
• Faithful giving blesses us in return.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,“ says the Lord Almighty, ”I will open the windows of heaven for you . I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!” — Malachi 3:10
• Faithful giving makes us happy.
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” — Acts 20:35
• Faithful giving reminds us that everything belongs to God.
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” — Deuteronomy 8:18
We hope you’ll prioritize the church in your giving. We aim to be people who give 10% of our income. If you can’t start there, why not start giving what you can and then challenge yourself to increase your giving at least 1% each year?
Feel like you don’t know how to get started? There are many resources for getting your finances in order. One that we’ve experiened a lot of success with is Financial Peace University, which we run multiple times each year.