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.
We encourage you to give cheerfully, generously, and faithfully to the many ministries and mission of the church. Giving options include ...
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).
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
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, and (under the “Your Account” tab in the upper right) to view your giving history, your recurring giving schedule, and your Contribution Statement.
We have enabled a text-to-give option for mobile devices. To participate, text “BBC (amount)” to 612-223-7432. For example, a text of “BBC 100” would send a donation of $100 to our “Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25” general fund. First time users may need to follow prompts to register for text-to-give. Note that your carrier’s message & data rates may apply.
For assistance in setting up automated monthly contribution withdrawals from your checking or savings account ...
You can also give to Bethlehem using our mobile App. Simply select “Giving” from the Menu. After entering the amount of your gift, choose where you’d like your contribution to go (e.g., “Fill These Cities: 25 x ’25 Downtown”) and select give. You’ll have the opportunity to review the amount, destination, and source prior to confirming your donation. You can also set-up or manage your recurring giving in the App.
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 you’d 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
If you have additional questions about transferring securities, please contact Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463).
Also, if you need to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) or are taking a regular distribution from your IRA, consider using the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) option to give to Bethlehem and not increase your tax liability due to your IRA distribution. Contact Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463) if you have any questions.
The Bethlehem Baptist Church Donor Advised Fund is a process to help manage large gifts given to BBC that are not immediately designated for use upon receipt. It allows a donor to gain the tax advantages of making a charitable contribution in a particular calendar year, while deferring the decision regarding how best to designate those funds among various Bethlehem or Bethlehem-related ministries to a later date. If you’d like to discuss Bethlehem’s Donor Advised Fund, please contact Steve Walmsley (612-338-7653 x463).
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 Jake Wood (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
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:
If you have additional questions regarding this report, please feel free to contact our Treasurer, Adam Sexton, at 612-338-7653.
At Bethlehem’s Winter Quarterly Strategy Meeting held January 26, 2020, the congregation approved an elder-recommended 2020 One Fund Budget of $10.4M.
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.”
Bethlehem’s budget is organized in around four broad categories.
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.