The leadership and staff at Westwood strive to be the best stewards of the resources God has blessed the church with. Managing the financial resources of the church is done with the utmost integrity following generally accepted accounting principles. In addition to qualified staff leading church operations, a finance team of lay leaders provides accountability and review of Westwood's financial condition.
What the Bible says about giving
Giving is a vital part of spiritual formation and maturity. It requires two things of us: Faith - Giving is an active expression of my faith. It recognizes God as my True Provider. It affirms my confidence in His ability to supply all I need. It is an act of gratitude and dependence and allows me to partner with God and His work through my church and in the world. Faithfulness - Giving requires the highest standard of personal integrity and discipline. It is not a casual or occasional thing. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the Bible teaches us to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. Our giving pattern should reflect a regular and systematic plan. In Malachi 3:10, we learn God's standard of the titheóthe first tenth being set apart in all of my earnings as a gift to God. Through our tithes and offerings, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us.
Westwood is pleased to offer several convenient giving methods. Consider taking advantage of one of these easy giving options as you tithe and contribute to the ministries of Westwood.
1. Online Giving
This safe and flexible option is the easiest way to give at Westwood! This method allows you to schedule a recurring or one-time gift charged directly to your checking account. Here you can easily manage your giving amount and specify where the funds should be applied. Give Online. For your convenience, we have tried to answer the most Frequently Asked Questionsabout giving online.
2. Sunday Worship
For your convenience, offering envelopes are available for tithes and offerings in the Sunday Worship Service, in the Worship Guide or at the Information Desk. Simply place cash or checks (payable to Westwood) in one of these envelopes and put it in the offering during the Sunday Service. You can also use the drop boxes as you enter/exit the auditorium during any visit to the main campus, or mail it to Westwood Baptist Church, PO Box 630, Alabaster, AL 35007.
3. Creative Giving Ideas
If a cash gift is not an option for you, consider some of these creative giving ideas:
Naming Westwood as a beneficiary from your IRA/401K, estate or life insurance policy
4. Strategic Giving Opportunities
Often during the year, special opportunities arise that are not included in our annual budget. If you are interested in giving towards meeting one of our current strategic opportunities, please contact one of our staff for a current listing of our needs. Please indicate the strategic project where those funds are to be applied on the memo line of your check.
Westwood is audited annually by LeCroy, Hunter & Company, P.C., a Northport-based CPA firm. The 2009 audited financial statements are available for review at the Ministry Center by Westwood members. To review a copy, contact the Westwood Operations Office at 205.664.0122.