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HOW CAN I GIVE?

At Soteria, we believe that God is the creator and owner of all things. Therefore, we are stewards of His creation. We love to give because it is an act of worship that tangibly demonstrates our trust in God.

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FAQs

WHY DO WE GIVE?

Giving, or tithing, is an act of worship that tangibly demonstrates our trust in God. We give to Jesus, our king and high priest, our first fruits — the best of what we have.

In ancient times, the tithe, which literally means “one-tenth,” was used by various cultures to demonstrate loyalty or fidelity. However, most people know about the tithe because of the influence of the Scriptures.

In the Bible, the tithe is first mentioned when Abraham worshipped God by giving the king and high priest, Melchizedek, a tenth of all he had. The Israelites abided by a triple tithe principle in giving to their place of worship. Then, in the New Testament, the church followed the principle of the tithe.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GIVE?

  • We worship God with our resources as commanded in Scripture.
  • We learn to trust God as we live on the resources He’s provided.
  • We prove that we value God because we spend money on that which we value.
  • We grow in our love for Christ and His church as we give sacrificially to accomplish His goals, not our own.
  • We demonstrate that our love for God is stronger than our love of money.
  • We illustrate that God is the owner of our resources, and we are simply stewards.

IS 10% REQUIRED?

We don’t earn favor with God by giving, and we certainly don’t gain favor by giving 10% of our paychecks. Jesus frees us from a variety of Old Testament laws including the rigidity of giving 10% of our wealth. However, should we who live on this side of the cross give any less than the minimum requirement for those who lived during the Old Testament? Jesus’ emphasis in Matthew 19 with the rich young ruler is to give ALL we have to follow Jesus. The stewardship of our wealth and our level of generosity is a thermometer for our spiritual health and worship. The principle for the New Testament is generosity, and it seems that the tithe is a good starting point for generosity.

Since we are called to give sacrificially, 10% may be right for you as a starting point or guide. However, 10% may be much less than you feel called to give, or what sacrificial giving means for you.

Our financial circumstances will change from time to time, but we should always trust God to provide for our needs. The parable of the poor woman who gave ALL she had represents the freedom we have in Christ. When we give, we worship of our Lord and Savior, the one who owns all things, and in whom our security rests!

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN DONATE NON-CASH GIFTS?

You can donate stocks or mutual funds. You can also give other non-cash gifts including real estate or include Soteria in your estate planning.

Stock Gift Transfer Form

ARE THERE SMARTER WAYS TO GIVE?

If you are looking for other ways to support the church beyond writing a check or using a credit card, you have come to the right place!

Below are smarter ways to give that may work better for you and enable the work of the church at the same time.

If you have questions or would like assistance, please contact Cherian Koshy who serves as a finance deacon for our church.

Email Cherian Koshy

Stocks/Bonds

Gifts of long-term, appreciated stocks and bonds are a smarter way to give because they provide a potential double benefit: You will be eligible for both a charitable tax deduction for the value of the securities on the day you transfer, and you may not be responsible for taxes on any gains from the time you acquired them. To make a gift of stock to the church, please provide the following to your broker to initiate the transfer:

Charitable IRA Transfers (QCDs)

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 each year directly from your traditional IRA account to the church.

This smarter way to give may satisfy a portion or all of your annual required minimum distribution (RMD) and serve as a qualified charitable distribution for your IRA, which can save you on taxes even if you do not itemize! Contact your plan custodian to complete the IRA transfer.

Important notes on Charitable IRA Transfers (QCDs):

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 each year directly from your traditional IRA account to the church.

This smarter way to give may satisfy a portion or all of your annual required minimum distribution (RMD) and serve as a qualified charitable distribution for your IRA. This type of gift can save you on taxes even if you do not itemize! Contact your plan custodian to complete the IRA transfer.

Please request your IRA custodian directly mail the check to:
Soteria Des Moines
3250 SE Soteria Ave.
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Essential notes on Charitable IRA Transfers (QCDs):

  • This particular way to give only applies to traditional or Roth IRAs. Retirement plans, such as the 401k, 403b, and others, do NOT qualify.
  • While The SECURE Act did change the required minimum distribution (RMD) age to 72 for those under 70 ½ as of December 31, 2019, it DOES NOT change the age eligibility for making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) through an IRA. For those who are between 70 ½ and not yet 72, the QCD amount would not offset this year’s RMD because none are owed yet.
  • In 2021, IRA owners age 72 and older resumed their required minimum distribution (RMD) from IRAs. By exercising an IRA qualified charitable distribution (QCD), you may satisfy all or a portion of your RMD for the year and reduce reportable taxable income.
  • If your IRA custodian provides you with an IRA checkbook, please write the check to Soteria Des Moines. Due to different IRS requirements for this type of transfer, please consider mailing your check no later than December 1 to provide adequate time for the postal service to deliver, and for us to process your generous gift.

Gifts that pay you income

Many people like to make a gift that provides a tax deduction, pays income to them every year of their life – all while knowing that the gift will make a legacy impact for future generations. This type of gift is called a Charitable Gift Annuity, and it is a simple agreement we prepare for you. Contact the church office for more information.

Gifts in a will

Make a gift to the church in your will and ensure your values are remembered for future generations! If you have included the church in your will, let us know.

If you are planning to make a gift to the church in your will, below is a sample language to share with your estate planning attorney to be sure your intentions will be made and strengthen the church for future generations!

If your gift is to be your residuary estate:

“All of the rest, residue and remainder of my property and estate, including any lapsed or disclaimed legacies of any character, whenever acquired and wherever situated, to which I or my estate may be in any manner entitled at the time of my death, including any property or estate as to which I may have any power of disposition or appointment (all of which is my “residuary estate”), shall be disposed of as follows:

I give, bequeath and devise my residuary estate in fee simple absolute to the Soteria Des Moines (Tax ID No.), located at 53250 SE Soteria Ave.
West Des Moines, IA 50265, for the benefit of ministry activities.”

If your gift is to be a percentage of your residuary estate:

“All of the rest, residue, and remainder of my property and estate, including any lapsed or disclaimed legacies, of any character, whenever acquired and wherever situated, to which I or my estate may be in any manner entitled at the time of my death, including any property or estate as to which I may have any power of disposition or appointment (all of which is my “residuary estate”), shall be disposed of as follows:

I give, bequeath and devise _____ percent ( ___%) of my residuary estate in fee simple absolute to Soteria Des Moines (Tax ID No.), located at 53250 SE Soteria Ave. West Des Moines, IA 50265 for the benefit of ministry activities.”

If your gift is to be a specific amount of cash or securities:

“I give, bequeath and devise ___________ dollars ($ _______) or ______ shares of my ________ stock to the ministry activities for the benefit of ministry activities”

If your gift is real estate:

“I hereby direct my [executor/executrix/personal representative] to sell my real estate located at [address/city/state], and give the net sales proceeds to Soteria Des Moines (Tax ID No.), located at 53250 SE Soteria Ave. West Des Moines, IA 50265 for the benefit of ministry activities.”

Donor-Advised Funds

We accept donations from Donor-Advised Funds for any ministry program of the church! For donor-advised funds, our name may appear in several different forms:

  1. Soteria Des Moines: A Baptist Church
  2. Soteria Church
  3. Willow Creek Baptist Church

Soteria’s tax identification number (EIN) is. When completing your grant recommendation, please match our EIN to your request, as we are often confused with other institutions that use Soteria or Willow Creek in their names. Please have your provider include your name and what you want your gift to support with the grant check. Please have your provider mail your gift to:

Soteria Des Moines
53250 SE Soteria Ave. West Des Moines, IA 50265

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