In Leviticus 27:30-34 (KJV), you will find that the tithe belongs to the Lord. So God was saying that a tenth of the land, seed, fruit of the tree, the herb, the flock, etc. belongs to God.
Galatians 6:6 says: "Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teaches in all good things." The word communicate here is a Greek word (koinoneo) which refers to the material support of the ministry.
So with these scriptures in mind, The Refuge is completely transparent regarding our finances. Every year we are independently audited by an outside firm and the results of the audit are available for our congregation to view. The Sr. Pastor also makes available yearly ‘highlights’ showing income, expenses and distribution.
Outreach / Missions – we support over 31 missionaries annually. This includes local, national and international initiatives. In 2015 we directed over 11% of our annual income to Outreach / Missions alone.
Ministries – we have several ministries ranging from children’s, youth, small groups, young at heart, women’s, men’s, etc. These ministries continue to grow as a result of your tithes and offerings.
Operating Expenses – this allows us to maintain our facilities to the best of our ability and provide a welcoming atmosphere to members and visitors alike.
Administrative Expenses – this entails required expenses, such as supplies, insurance, and fees.
Staffing – we are blessed with an amazing staff ranging from Pastors to support personnel. Every person on staff is focused on spreading the love of Christ and making a positive impact for the Kingdom.