Our Stance On Money Matters:
No reports of the work done or any appeal for finances are ever sent out anywhere. There are no salaried positions in our church.
New Covenant Christian Fellowship is led by a plurality of elders. No elder is paid for his work. This is NOT because we feel that such financial support is unScriptural, but because we desire to stand apart from the bad testimony that many Christian workers have had in the matter of finances.
When people ask us whether they can give to support this ministry, we ask them to go through this checklist first:
Are you a born-again child of God? It is a great honour and privilege to support the work of God on earth; but that privilege is given only to His born-again children (3 John 7).
The primary purpose of our church is that people come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and give their lives 100% to Him. We are very careful not to solicit people's money, because we feel that there has been a lot of abuse with money in the name of religion. Also, if we claim to believe in a God who is in control of everything, He is surely able to provide what we need without us having to ask money from anybody. And from a logistic standpoint, NCCF is a church that does not have a lot of operating expenses. We don't pay anyone (e.g. pastors, etc), so our main expense item is rent.
So what our church is primarily focused on is helping people know more about Jesus so that they can give their lives to Him. Our church emphasizes this point because many people (Christians and non-Christians) can feel that giving money to our church can "substitute" for giving their lives 100% to God. But we believe that God wants us to surrender our lives 100% to Jesus and THEN give money as they would like to.
Do you have enough money for your family's needs? Are you sure that your giving will not put your family under any financial strain? You must take care of your family's needs first (See Mark 7:9-13 and 1 Tim.5:8). Our Father in heaven is very rich and He (like any rich earthly father) does not want any of His children to starve or suffer in any way, just because they gave Him money for His work.
Do you have any large debts to repay? If so, do clear those debts first. God wants His children to live restful lives, free from all debt. We must first give to Caesar what is his, before we can give anything to God, because God does not want us to give Him Caesar's money, or anyone else's money (Matt.22:21; Rom.13:8).
(Note: A house-loan is not a "debt" (in the meaning in these verses), because the house is an asset that you posses that is equal in value to the loan taken. For the same reason, a vehicle-loan is also not a debt - provided the vehicle is insured for the value of the loan taken).
Do you have a clear conscience? Have you done your best to be reconciled with those whom you have hurt in any way? God will not accept any offering from anyone who has hurt someone and still not apologised to that person (Matt.5:23, 24)
Are you giving freely and cheerfully - and not under pressure from any man or even from your own conscience? God loves cheerful givers, not reluctant givers. He does not want gifts from those who give under pressure, or who give in order to fulfill some obligation, or who give merely to ease their conscience, or who give in order to get some reward from Him in return (2 Cor.9:7).
Please bear with us as you go through this checklist. We are seeking to follow the example and teaching of our Lord Jesus in financial matters.
After having carefully considered the above, if you still feel you should support this ministry, we will accept your money. And you can be confident that we will treat it with absolute integrity. But
most importantly, we want to repeat especially for non-Christians (based on Point 1 above), that God wants you to surrender your life to Jesus, and no amount of money you give can substitute for that.
You may send your check made out to "New Covenant Christian Fellowship" to the following address:
Attn: New Covenant Christian Fellowship
1470 Mckinley Ave
San Jose, CA