Q. What are “tithes and offerings” used for?
A. Tithes and offerings is the giving toward our primary fund which covers our general operating and ministry expenses. Tithes and offerings support the mission of why we exist as a church: “True North Church exists to give the residents of Milton and Halton Region the best opportunity to become fully developing followers of Jesus Christ.”.
Q. How will my donations be used?
A. Your donations are primarily used to help communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children, students and adults through the work of True North Church. We are not sponsored by any outside group or denomination; therefore, the vast majority of our income comes from donors. Also, True North financially supports global missions and charities that align with our mission.
Q. To Whom is True North Church accountable?
A. All of the expenditures of True North Church are reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. True North Church also undergoes an independent yearly financial audit performed by a Chartered Accountant.
Q. Will I get a tax receipt?
A. Yes. Annual Canadian tax receipts are mailed to your home at the beginning of February for all donations of $10 or more. You can typically receive up to 40% of your offerings back from the government through your tax return depending on how much you give and your income level.
Q. Can I donate online through my chequing account?
A. Yes. Follow the link under the WAYS TO GIVE tab. Our Interac® donations are managed through CanadaHelps.org. Their fee is 3.9% and your tax receipt will be emailed to you by CanadaHelps, not True North Church.
Q. Can I donate by credit card?
A. Yes. Follow the link under the WAYS TO GIVE tab. Our credit card donations are managed through CanadaHelps.org. Their fee is 3.9% and your tax receipt will be emailed to you by CanadaHelps, not True North Church.
Q. What is CanadaHelps?
A. CanadaHelps is an established Canadian non-profit organization that provides safe and secure online donation capability to a wide range of Canadian charities and churches. CanadaHelps processes your online donation on behalf of True North Church and will accept credit cards, Interac® and PayPal™ as giving options. Within minutes of making a donation, you will receive an official electronic tax receipt emailed directly to you. Tax receipts for donations made through CanadaHelps are issued directly via email from CanadaHelps, not True North Church. Please remember this during income tax return season.
For more information about CanadaHelps, click here.
Q. Will my personal information be kept confidential?
A. Yes. True North Church keeps all personal information confidential. Your contributions are kept in strict confidence, and only those who process the information for tax receipts and use it for planning purposes have access to the records. We will not share any personal information unless required by law.
Q. How much should I give?
A. Many times, giving in the Bible (Old and New Testament) is referenced in terms of percentages. A “tithe” (10%) of our income is generally a good place to start since the Bible teaches that God blesses the 90% we keep so we can do more with it. For some, 10% sounds like a lot of money and they choose to start by giving a lower percentage and increase that amount over time. Many others choose to give with radical generosity and give well above 10%. Everyone who attends a local church should see themselves as contributors to that local body; finances is one of the ways we can be generous. It resources the church and blesses the giver.
For specific teaching on finances and giving from a Biblical standpoint, there are several sermon series on those topics to be found in the MEDIA PLAYER.
If you have any questions regarding the above methods of giving, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 905-878-7072.
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us —see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)