giving

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich."

(2 Corinthians 8:9)

WHY

It is through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that we can experience the fullness of an abundant life in the here and now (John 10:10) as children of God.

Our Father in heaven loves to give to his children. We give back as an expression of joy and thankfulness for God’s goodness to us.

As His beloved children, we are also called to imitate Him (Ephesians 5:1). As we grow spiritually, we begin to reflect God more in every area of our lives. We become more loving, more patient, more gracious, and more generous—including in the area of finances.

Our giving is an act of worship that glorifies our Lord, pointing others to the goodness of God as our giving becomes a channel of God's blessing to others.

HOW

Bank transfer

You may give by bank transfer to the church account at BEA or BOC. Please refer to the details below.

Account name: Tai Po International Baptist Church 
Option 1: BEA bank code 015,  account no. 151-40-03434-4
Option 2: BOC bank code 012, account no. 591-2-015401-0

 

After making the one-off transfer or setting up the standing instruction (in the case of regular giving), please inform the Church Administrator of the relevant details for the church's records, i.e. your name, transfer amount, transfer date.

In service

Every Sunday, offering bags are passed around during the worship service. Many people choose to give to the church at this time.

TPIBC accepts offerings in HK Dollars by either cash or cheques made out to "Tai Po International Baptist Church". Please use the offering envelopes and write your name and offering amount clearly on the envelopes in the space provided, place the money or cheque inside, and put the envelope into the offering bag as it comes round.

By post

You may post cheques to the church office (please do not post cash):

     Tai Po International Baptist Church,

     Room 702, 7/F,

     c/o Tai Po Baptist Public School,

     Wang Fuk Court, Kwong Fuk Estate,

     Tai Po, New Territories,

     Hong Kong

The Church Treasurer and Church Administrator are jointly responsible for counting and recording all tithes and offerings. Both parties must sign to verify the offering amount each week.

 

In April of each year (after the close of the financial year that ends on 31 March), TPIBC will issue an official statement showing your annual offering amount for tax-deduction purposes. This information is completely confidential and is known only to the Church Treasurer and Church Administrator.

our financial practices

The Ministry of Finance is an important area in determining that monies received through tithes and offerings are used appropriately in the various ministries. The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring that the church’s receipts and disbursements are properly recorded according to regular accounting standards. Our financial accounts are submitted annually to the Finance Department of Tai Po Baptist Church (our Mother Church) and audited by an independent auditor.

 

Apart from small purchases from the petty cash account, all of TPIBC's expenditures are by cheque, prepared by the Church Administrator and signed by any two of the authorized signatories, which include the deacons, Minister of Finance and other Church Management Committee (CMC) members who are not employed by TPIBC.

None of TPIBC's employees are authorized to sign cheques.

 

FINANCIAL BUDGET

TPIBC is responsible for setting its own budget, with each ministry's budget being proposed by the Ministry Leader.

The consolidated budget is then approved by the CMC. Each year, we present our finalized budget to the Mother Church's Deacons board.

 

Since 2011, TPIBC has been financially self-sufficient, which means that the tithes and offerings have been able to support all the church's activities and expenditures. Should there be a surplus at the end of the year, this is added to the church's savings account. No mission organization or convention contributes to the budget of TPIBC.

 

TPIBC also has a substantial Church Building Fund reserve which has been designated for the use of procuring or securing our own property in the future.

missions offerings

TPIBC collects special offerings for missions during Lent (usually the Sundays of March) and Christmas (the Sundays of December) each year.

In June 2015, we set up a Missions Fund into which all offerings designated for "missions" go. Every 6 months, the monies collected in this Fund are sent to carefully selected organizations that have been vetted by the CMC for good and transparent financial practices, management structure and policies. If you feel led by the Holy Spirit to contribute to the Missions Fund, please write down "Missions" on the offering envelope or on the back of your cheque (cheques should be made out to "Tai Po International Baptist Church").

In past years, we have supported missionaries and Christian work in China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and West Africa. TPIBC also donates to various disaster relief funds when needed, such as when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013.

In 2013, we supported 12 missionaries and 12 children for 1 year through Gospel for Asia's National Missionaries and Bridge of Hope programmes. Gospel for Asia (GfA) sends 100% of all money received to be used in the mission field. In 2014, we continued our support for the 12 national missionaries through GfA.

 

In 2015, we supported Agape International Missions (AIM), which was founded on the ground in Cambodia in 1989 as a humanitarian aid and church planting organization in Cambodia. Since 2005, their ministries have focused on ending the evil of child sexual slavery. From their website: "AIM is Christ's Church fighting the ground war on sex trafficking in Cambodia. Our projects prevent, rescue, restore and reintegrate, impacting 10,000+ people a year." Find out more about AIM's story at their website.

 

In May 2015, we collected love offerings for Nepal earthquake relief work. All donations collected were sent to Gospel for Asia (GfA) specifically for earthquake relief work in Nepal. The two main reasons the CMC selected this organization out of the many were because: (1) GfA already has a network of local missionaries and “Bridge of Hope” centres in place throughout Nepal ministering to their local communities, so we were assured that the money would go directly to those in need; and (2) 100% of donations go to the field for maximum impact.

Recipients since the Missions Fund was set up:

Jul–Dec 2015

Chinese Worldwide Gospel Mission

 

Jan–Jun 2016

Mercy Ships

 

Jul–Dec 2016

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

 

Jan–Jun 2017

OMF International

 

Jul–Dec 2017

Faith Comes by Hearing

 

Jan–Jun 2018

Gospel for Asia 

Jul–Dec 2018

Agape International Missions (AIM)

Jul–Dec 2019

Chinese Worldwide Gospel Mission