Giving FAQ

At CityHope we profess that our Sovereign God owns everything and He provides according to His steadfast will and plan.  We encourage members of CityHope to live lives that are abundantly generous and sacrificial.  Through giving regularly, joyfully, and sacrificially we remind ourselves, and demonstrate to others the truth of the gospel of Christ – that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most generous gift ever given.  When we give as Christ gave, we joyfully become poor for the sake of others, we recognize Christ as supreme in our lives, we place reliance on him to provide our needs, and we can begin to remove the idol of money and consumerism from our hearts.

How do I go about giving to the mission of CityHope?

There are several ways to worship through giving at CityHope.

Option #1:  Sunday Worship Gatherings

Each Sunday, as part of our corporate worship, we can joyfully respond to God’s generosity towards us by placing checks or cash in the offering.  If you are someone who likes to give cash and would like a tax-receipt at the end of the year from CityHope, you can give via cash envelopes found in the pew racks in front of you. 

Option #2:  Online Bill Pay

This is a good option because there is no fee and it happens automatically.  Use your bank’s bill pay feature to set up recurring donations at no charge to CityHope or you.  Your bank’s online banking system should be able to guide you through this process.  Donations should be made payable to:

CityHope Church
8650 W Fairview Ave
Boise, ID 83704

Option #3:  Give Online via Credit or Debit Card

We accept credit and debit cards for the simple convenience of our donors. We do not however, encourage credit purchases or debt as a lifestyle.  If you are currently in debt, or have had a history of debt problems, we would ask that you please do not use your credit card to give to CityHope. You can give Here.

We do however also accept card payments at our campus as well. You are welcome to stop by or call anytime during our normal business hours to take care of your tithe, offering, or school tuition payments. 

If CityHope is not your church home, but you would still like to support us and our ministry to the Treasure Valley, or you would like to support CityHope Schools in any way, we thank you for your partnership and your gifts are greatly appreciated.  You can go HERE to make a donation.

What can I give towards?

You can give to CityHope’s General Fund or CityHope’s Benevolence Fund at any time.  Donations to both funds are 100% tax deductible as CityHope holds its own 501(c)3 letter.

When you give to CityHope’s General Fund, it is used to support the ongoing ministries and operations of the Church.  You can scroll down to view our annual reports and get an understanding of this historically.   

When you give to any of CityHope’s ministries specifically, your support will go in its entirety to the specific area in which you have designated.  

Can I Track My Giving?

If at any time you have any questions about your giving, your tuition payments (for those who have children in our school), feel free to contact the church office and we will be more than happy to sit down with you, mail out an updated statement upon request, or discuss by phone any questions or concerns you may have. 

Year end giving statements will be sent to each donor who gives above $250 within the calendar year.  These statements will be mailed out, so we encourage you to make sure that we have your current address and contact information on file.

Why Should I Give?

At CityHope we profess that everything we see and everything we have are owned by our Sovereign God and He provides according to His steadfast will and plan.  (1 Chronicles 29:10-19, Psalm 24:1-2, Psalm 50:10-11)

At CityHope we encourage each follower of Christ to prayerfully consider and evaluate what God the Father, through the Spirit, is calling them to give.  Giving generously should be an active and intentional piece of our regular worship and service to our King.  Our aim is to be Christlike in our generosity – ‘who although He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, so that we by His poverty might become rich’. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most generous gift ever given – when the King of Glory gave up everything in order to reconcile us to God.  When this Gospel takes root in our lives, we gladly become poor, giving sacrificially of our lives to enrich the lives of others.  In so doing, we remind ourselves, and demonstrate to others the great generosity of our abundantly good God. (2 Corinthians 8:9-10, 2 Corinthians 9:7).

Additionally we see in scripture numerous teaching for each believer in regards to money.  Scripture provides encouragement so that we can:

  • Give cheerfully and joyfully – demonstrating an overflowing of love for our God (2 Corinthians 9:7)
  • Give our first fruits – meaning we give of our best and also that we give so that we rely on God to provide the remainder of our needs (Deuteronomy 26:2, Proverbs 3:9)
  • Give humbly – not looking for praise but seeking eternal rewards. (Matthew 6:2)
  • Give regularly – to remind ourselves of His provision to us continually.   (1 Corinthians 16:2)
  • Give sacrificially – so we reflect the way Christ gave to us.  (2 Corinthians 8:9-10)

In addition to encouraging us, Scripture warns us of the many pitfalls of money:

  • Money, or riches, can easily become an idol.  We can to easily rely on our resources to feel secure or provide an identity for us.  The lure of money attracts us in a variety of ways – whether it is the perceived safety net it provides, the power it can bring, or the material things it can buy.  (Matthew 6:19-24, Luke 16:10-13, 1 Timothy 6:10, Ecclesiastes 5:10-12)
  • How we practically manage, spend, give or save our money can potentially expose these idols and help break their hold over our hearts.  (Luke 16:10-13)

We believe that as Christ followers we are called to financially support our local Church.  In addition, God calls us to demonstrate mercy & compassion through giving aimed at caring for the widowed, poor, needy and foreigner in our community.                   (2 Chronicles 31:4, Deuteronomy 26:12, 1 Corinthians 9:8-14, 1 Timothy 5:17-18, Luke 8:1-3, Isaiah 58:6-12,       Deuteronomy 26:12, 2 Corinthians 8:9)

What are the guidelines of Financial Management at CityHope?

The Leadership of CityHope Church oversees and leads the church in the management of our finances.  The church Board meets regularly and assists in seeking to help the church fulfill its mission.  Our goal is to ensure that adequate internal controls are in place to safeguard the church’s financial resources, protect the reputation of the Church, be transparent with financial data presented and uphold the 501(c)(3) status of our organization.

We also maintain strict confidentiality about our donors and do not sell or make available this information without prior permission of the donors, except where disclosure is required by law.

If you are a member and have more questions on the financial oversight and management of CityHope, please feel free to contact CityHope's office and we would be glad to set up an appointment to speak with you.