Terms and Conditions of The Prove Me Campaign
Before participating, please make sure you've got the rules covered:
I understand that this form must be completed and submitted to The Grove.
I understand that I qualify for participation because I have not been tithing for at the least 6 months (how we define a "consistent tither").
I understand that if given physically at The Grove, my tithe must be paid by check, or by cash in a completed offering envelope, so that my tithe can be properly credited. If my tithe is paid online via The Grove website, I understand that I must place "The Prove Me Campaign" in the box labeled for special instructions.
I understand that I cannot seek a refund prior to the end of my 3-month Prove Me Campaign period, and I cannot seek refund for any contributions made prior to the beginning of my Prove Me Campaign period.
I understand that any request for a refund must be received in writing by The Grove within 30 days of the end of my Prove Me Campaign period.
I understand that I may not seek a refund if I have not faithfully tithed the amount I have designated on The Prove Me Campaign form.
You've Got Questions? We've Got Answers!
Here's a short list of questions you might have about The Prove Me Campaign and tithing in general.
What is tithing?
The word "tithe" is derived from the Hebrew word ma'aser and it literally means a tenth. Ten percent of everything belongs to the Lord. In Malachi 3:10-11, God says, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house." The 'storehouse' is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament church. So as New Testament believers, we worship the Lord with the tithe, or the ten percent.
What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?
The tithe is 10% of your income. God says that He has given us all that we own, and that the first 10% is dedicated to Him, and we are to be faithful in "bringing the tithe." Offerings are any generous giving that you do over and above your tithe. And while your tithe is designated for the local church, an offering is for you to be generous wherever you see a need.
Many followers of Christ confuse giving regularly with tithing, and while giving regularly is highly commendable, and it is a big step in and of itself, tithing is taking a full 10% of your paycheck, and giving it to the local church in order to be an important part of building God’s Kingdom.
How do I participate in The Prove Me Campaign?
The first step is for you to sign up online or at the church in the foyer. This just lets us know your intent to participate so that we can keep your finances separate from the church's main funds. It also gives us your agreement to the terms and conditions of The Prove Me Campaign.
Once you are signed up, you need to specify when you give that your money is a part of the challenge. You can do this by consistently writing "The Prove Me Campaign" on your offering envelopes at The Grove for the duration of the timeframe. Make sure you also clearly write your name on the envelope so that The Grove knows where to attribute it.
The last step is to take a full 10% of your income at each paycheck, and either give cash, or write a check to Watson Grove and put it in the offering on Sunday morning, or mail it to: Watson Grove MBC, 1415 Horton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212.
Can I give online?
Yes. You can give safely and securely online by visiting www.thegrovenash.org and clicking on the online giving feature on the Homepage. Please be sure to place “The Prove Me Campaign” in the box marked special instructions.
How will you keep track of my tithe?
The Grove carefully and confidentially tracks each gift in order to provide each giver with an end of the year report on their contributions. However, when you sign up for The Prove Me Campaign, all money that you tithe in that 3-month period will be stored separately from the main church funds, and will remain there for 30 days following the end of the 3-month period.
What are the benefits of tithing?
Tithing carries multiple facets that will benefit your life. First, God commands it and any time we take God at His word we are using faith; and faith can move mountains. God promises to "open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on you". In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us that if we look after God's Kingdom first, that He will provide for our physical needs.
Also, in this country, when you give to a not-for-profit organization (like The Grove) you receive a tax benefit. At the end of the year The Grove will provide you with records of the total amount you have given over the year (for those who use our collection envelopes), and when you file your taxes your charitable donations are tax deductible.
And last, but not least, when you decide to become a percentage giver you create margin in your life. By choosing to live on a lesser percentage of your income, when difficult situations and circumstances arise that margin will carry you through.
Where does my money go?
The Grove is 100% supported through your tithes and offerings. The money you give goes toward paying mortgage, utilities, salaries, equipment purchases, etc. The rest is used for ministry such as discipleship training, educating our children, outreach to the lost, missions to the community, benevolence, etc. As we approach each new year and prayerfully develop our budget, we are looking through the eyes of faith into what we believe God wants us, as a church, to accomplish for Him. So, with resources for ministry, we have new avenues of opportunity in order to touch lives and to build His Kingdom.
Should I give while I'm trying to get out of debt?
Yes! This may sound irrational, because getting out of debt should be one of the highest priorities in your financial planning. Yet by obeying God first in your finances, you open the door for God to supernaturally revolutionize your financial situation. And, since getting out of debt is all about discipline, just think of the benefits of developing a financial plan that includes God’s prescribed discipline of faithful giving of the tithe!