Giving Is an Act of Worship

At Bethlehem, we aim to worship God in our giving by covenanting together “to contribute cheerfully and regularly (see 2 Corinthians 9:6–7) to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations,” as we strive to honor the Lord with the “firstfruits” (Proverbs 3:9) of all our labor.

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Giving Options and Instructions

We encourage you to give cheerfully, generously, and faithfully to the many ministries and mission of the church. Giving options include ...

Place Gifts in Offering Baskets 

We invite you to regularly participate in giving as an important part of our worship services, as we honor God with the first portions of all our wealth (Proverbs. 3:9). To that end, we provide offering envelopes to regular contributors who choose to use them. Envelopes provide a valuable tool for managing regular, faithful giving, and allow you to quickly and easily specify how you want each gift allocated among various accounts (e.g., “Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25” (One Fund) and Helping Hand). Envelope information also helps our Financial Secretary and his team to quickly and accurately allocate given amounts when counting collected offerings each week.

To ask questions or request offering envelopes, contact our Financial Secretary, Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463).

Mail Contributions to the Church Office

If mailing your contribution is more convenient, send it to the Downtown Campus in care of our Financial Secretary:

Steve Walmsley, Financial Secretary
Bethlehem Baptist Church
720 13th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Give Online via eCheck or Credit Card

Bethlehem encourages online giving via the “eCheck” payment option from a checking or savings account.  We also allow giving via credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. However, we encourage you not to use credit cards unless you plan to pay off your card in full each month—we are debt-averse at Bethlehem, and do not want to contribute to anyone else going further into debt.

Use the Bethlehem Online Giving page to set up recurring or one-time giving via eCheck or credit card. You may also use the Bethlehem Portal to view your giving history, your recurring giving schedule, and your Contribution Statement.  

For assistance in setting up automated monthly contribution withdrawals from your checking or savings account ...

  • Download, print, and complete Bethlehem’s Automatic Withdrawal Authorization form
  • Attach a voided check or savings deposit ticket of the account that will be debited monthly
  • Mail both to Bethlehem’s Financial Secretary:
    Steve Walmsley, Financial Secretary
    Bethlehem Baptist Church
    720 13th Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

Stock and Asset Donations

Donating stock or other assets that have appreciated in value may provide potential tax benefits.

When you give appreciated assets like stock—rather than just cash—to 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations like Bethlehem, you are generally exempt from paying capital gains tax. It's a good way to store up treasure in heaven, while also maximizing the resources entrusted to us while on the earth. If youd like to donate stock to Bethlehem, please contact Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463).

Consult with your financial planner or tax adviser before making a stock donation to Bethlehem to determine how/if the potential tax advantages described here apply to your specific situation.

Instructions for Donating Securities

  1. Talk to your broker about the securities you’d like to give to the Bethlehem or discuss the value of the securities you’d like to donate. Work with your broker to identify what securities or set of securities that approximates that value.
  2. Provide to your broker the following information on transferring securities electronically to Bethlehem’s broker.
    Broker name: Stifel Financial Corp.
    Account registration: Bethlehem Baptist Church
    Account number: 8189-4881
    DTC number: 0793
    Account contact: Joseph Buska (763-542-3733)

  3. Alert Bethlehem of your plans to transfer securities by emailing Steve Walmsley and providing the following information:
    • Your name and address
    • The stock or other securities you plan to transfer and the number of shares
    • The approximate value of this gift
    • The ministry(s) into which you’d like this gift given. If you don’t indicate a ministry, the gift will be credited toward Bethlehem’s general Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25 (One Fund) account.

If you have additional questions about transferring securities, please contact Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463).

Financial Leadership Team

Lead Pastor for Operations: Jon Grano leads the church’s Operations Team, which supports areas of financial administration, properties management, communications, information technologies, media ministries, and human resources. Contact: Jon Grano (612-338-7653 x467)

Our Financial Secretary: Steve Walmsley oversees all giving (“income”) to Bethlehem, and accounts for these contributions according to the purposes for which they were designated. A team of assisting tellers helps him count contributions each week. Contact: Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463)

Our Treasurer: Adam Sexton oversees all spending of these funds ("expenses") in a timely manner, according to guidelines approved in the Annual Budget and our bylaws. Contact: Adam Sexton, 651-398-1551

Bethlehem’s Accounting Department: Thayne Rossiter (Director for Finances), with Daewon Kim (Bookkeeper) and Allison Maurer (Payroll Assistant), assists the treasurer, and oversees various day-to-day financial processes, practices, and systems. Contact: Thayne Rossiter (612-338-7653 x479)

Financial & Property Administrators

  • Dan Lehn (chairman)
  • Paul Johnson
  • Tom Lehn
  • Barry Onufrock
  • Scott Rebney
  • Thayne Rossiter (Director for Finances)
  • Sharon Rusten
  • Adam Sexton
  • Nick Stromwall
  • Steve Walmsley

Treasurer's Report

View the most recent Treasurer’s Report.

In all aspects of our church life we strive to operate in a way that honors God as our greatest treasure. This includes keeping the congregation informed about financial matters—to guide both our prayers and our giving. Quarterly and Annual Strategy Meetings are one means of accomplishing this.

As a part of each Quarterly or Annual Meeting, the Treasurer presents an overview of our financial health as an organization. This report includes the following:

  • a review of contributions received
  • ministry expenses
  • financial highlights from the quarter.

If you have additional questions regarding this report, please feel free to contact our Treasurer, Adam Sexton, at 612-338-7653.

Annual Budget

At Bethlehem’s Winter Quarterly Strategy Meeting held January 29, 2017, the congregation approved an elder-recommended 2017 One Fund Budget of $10.6M.

Bethlehem establishes funding for its mission and various ministries through a process that includes proposing and adopting an annual budget that passes through many “sieves.”

  • Each Fall, the staff and Financial & Property Administrators draft a preliminary budget.
  • This draft budget is presented to the elders for their review, adjustment, and approval.
  • Once approved, the elders then present the budget to the congregation at the Annual Meeting in December for recommended adoption.
  • The congregation adopts the annual budget at the first Quarterly Strategy Meeting in January.

CONTENT OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET

Bethlehem’s budget is organized in around four broad categories.

  1. Upreach (Worship & Vision) includes support for Preaching & Vision, Worship, and Media.
  2. Inreach includes support for Family Discipleship (Nursery, Children, Jr & Sr High, Disability) and Adult Discipleship (Small Groups, Women, Men, Seniors).
  3. Outreach includes support for Global Outreach, Short Term Ministry Mobilization, Neighborhood Outreach (all campuses), Hispanic Ministry, Church Planting, Outreach Support (Campus Outreach, Bethlehem Urban Initiatives, and Outreach Partners), and Bethlehem College and Seminary.
  4. Support includes support for Building & Properties, Finance/Accounting, Communications, Information Technology (IT), and Human Resources/Personnel.

If you have additional questions about the Annual Budget, feel free to contact our Lead Pastor for Operations, Jon Grano (612-338-7653 x467).

Resources on Giving & Stewardship

Sermons

Books & Websites

May our giving not end with our physical resources, but may we also serve with our talents and time, as we use the gifts God has given each of us for the common good.

Contact Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463) with any questions.

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    720 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
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    21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, Minnesota, 55044
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