You may have heard that Waterfront Community Church gives away all the money that is collected during its church services. That sounds very ambitious, maybe a little naïve and frankly, impossible. The Church meets in a local church building in Schaumburg, they have staff and what about utilities, resources and…
So, how do we do that? Is it a miracle, like the loaves and fishes?
Well, yes and no. The people of Waterfront Church take seriously the command of Jesus to “Love God and People Well”. Therefore, we want to use the resources provided to the Church to do just that. Loving may happen in person-to-person relationships, holding each other accountable, providing a meal for someone who is hurting or by providing resources through money or a gift card.
To be able to do this, the leaders of Waterfront Church do all in their power to keep expenses down. Waterfront does not own any real estate or the church building in which it holds services. There are no church offices. A very reasonable rent is paid to use another church’s building. The people of Waterfront Church agreed to move its services from the traditional Sunday morning to Saturday night in order to share this building. All utilities are included in the rent and Waterfront Church volunteers help maintain the building by cutting the lawn, making repairs and assisting with the landscaping.
So who pays for the church?
At the beginning of the Church, the decision was made that all money collected during the services would be given away into the local community and into the world to help those with needs. Also, at the beginning of the church, a few committed people agreed to pay for a portion of the Church’s expenses. Some pay for operations, some pay for staff, some both. Church staff find their own support. Some of their financial support comes from Waterfront attendees and other support comes from those outside the Waterfront family who believe in the mission of the Church. No money from the offering plate is ever used to pay for either operations or staff. All money from the offering plates is given away.
So, is it some kind of miracle? Whenever people look outside themselves and place others first, we believe it is a miracle.