Financial Support for Missions
One of the things that makes Idlewild “exciting” is the big involvement of our people in mission work. Our people really are excited about the opportunity to go, pray and give to missions.
We help support mission work here in Tampa, around the United States and around the world, we help train leaders, plant churches and give financial support to missionaries. Have you ever wondered where the money comes from for all of that missions work?
The members of Exciting Idlewild are very generous in their stewardship of the finances that God has blessed them with. Our donors are people that believe in the Great Commission work that is being done through Idlewild. These people give through their tithes to the “Idlewild General Fund” as well as donating funds above their tithe to “Idlewild On Mission.”
The Idlewild General Fund
This is the money that we receive from the tithes and offerings of our members. The Bible teaches that God’s people should give ten percent of their income to the church and as a church body we also take ten percent of what we receive from your tithes and offerings and give it as an offering to missions. The ten percent from the general fund goes to support organizations such as the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board as well as supporting Baptist seminaries, the state convention and the Tampa Bay Baptist Association.
The Idlewild On Mission Fund
This money comes through the generosity of our church members that give their tithe first and then they give some more. Have you noticed that your offering envelope has a place to designate your giving to Idlewild On Mission?
The money that you designate on the envelope for Idlewild On Mission should be after you have given your tithe. This money supports mission trips and projects in Tampa and beyond.
These funds help to reduce the out of pocket expenses of our church members that go on our mission trips. We also use this money to care for missionaries, plant churches and fund the missions projects that you can see on our Local, National and Global missions pages.
Your generous gifts help us to carry out our mission statement to “Reach Tampa and beyond for Christ.”