- North New Zealand Conference – NNZfinance@adventist.org.nz
- South New Zealand Conference – SNZfinance@adventist.org.nz
North New Zealand Conference Offering Video
South New Zealand Conference Offering Video
What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering?
The word, “tithe” means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
Why do we tithe?
The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Is God wise? Do you trust him?
There are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. (1) If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. (2) If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. Why not accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.
|Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) New Zealand||ADRA NZ||Temporary and emergency relief of human need, including medical care, food, clothing, and housing. It shall not be made available to denominational entities.||100% of offering goes to ADRA New Zealand.||Annual|
|Adventist World Radio (AWR)||General Conference (GC)||Adventist World Radio (AWR) is the mission radio arm of the Seventh-day Adventist church, using shortwave, FM, AM, satellite, and Internet broadcasting. It broadcasts to the hardest-to-reach places on Earth, to people groups that are difficult to reach with conventional outreach methods.||All gifts made directly to AWR go to advance the broadcast ministry with an emphasis on the 10/40 window region. For example, AWR directs gifts to cover the cost of air time and new languages in areas such as the Middle East and Africa .||Annual|
|Annual Sacrifice||General Conference (GC)||For the purpose of extending the missionary outreach of the Church into every part of the world, with special emphasis on the unreached territories of the world.||100% of offering is remitted to the General Conference for distribution to a nominated project.||Annual|
|Avondale College||Avondale College||To support the needs of the institution.||Used on projects nominated by the institution.||Biennial – alternating with Pacific Adventist University|
|Camp Development||NNZC / SNZC||For the development of Conference campgrounds.||Held by the conference in reserve for the operating and development of Pascoe Park or Mt Hutt Retreat or Tui Ridge Park||Annual|
|Camp Expense||NNZC / SNZC||Annual|
|South Pacific Division (SPD)||To support the South Pacific Division Island Field.||Allocated to specific projects in the Mission Territories of the South Pacific Division as selected each year by the South Pacific Division.||Annual – as special offering taken up at camp meeting.|
|Christian Services for the Blind and Hearing Impaired||South Pacific Division (SPD)||To fund special services to the sight and hearing challenged.||100% of offering goes to the South Pacific Divisions.||Biennial – alternating with Adventist Youth|
|Education||NNZC / SNZC||To provide assistance in the education program within North & South New Zealand and to promote Adventist Education.||100% of offering is passed on to the Conference.||As Scheduled|
|General Conference Session||General Conference (GC)||For use to support a nominated project.||100% of offering goes to the General Conference for a nominated project.||Once every 5
years in General
|Health||South Pacific Division (SPD) & New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC)||For the development of health, temperance and lifestyle projects within the church as determined by the appropriate executive committees.||50% of offering goes to South Pacific Health Department for health projects within the Division.
50% of offering goes to Local Conference health work.
|Local||Local Church||Used for church activities and maintenance throughout the year, as per Local Church budget.||100% used by Local Church.||As scheduled|
|Longburn Adventist College||Longburn Adventist
|For non-recurring expenditure, that may include capital development and major repairs and maintenance.||100% of offering is passed on to the College.||Annual|
|Media Evangelism||Adventist Media Network (AMN)||To develop relevant resources for the church to reach to the wider community. This is the only official media ministry arm of the church in the South Pacific.||Used on nominated projects. For example in past years funds have assisted in major project developments such as “The Code” and “internet evangelism”.||Annual|
|Mission Extension||South Pacific Division (SPD)||To support capital projects in the missions as nominated by respective Union Mission Executive Committees.||Distributed on a rotational basis. For example one year Papua New Guinea Union Mission, the next Trans-Pacific Union Mission, etc.||Annual|
|Pacific Adventist University||Pacific Adventist University (PAU)||To support the needs of the institution.||Used on projects as nominated by the institution.||Biennial – alternating with Avondale College|
|Pacific Island Advancement||South Pacific Division (SPD)||Used exclusively for the support of field ministers in the local missions. (This offering keeps ministers in the field when the Unions can’t afford to keep them there.)||This offerings is divided by the South Pacific Division accordingly:
40% Papua New Guinea Union Mission
40% Trans Pacific Union Mission
20% New Zealand Pacific Union Conference
|South Pacific Division (SPD)||To assist in meeting the production and distribution cost of providing the RECORD (which is the South Pacific Division’s weekly magazine) free of charge to churches in Australia and New Zealand as well as to many church entities and offices across the South Pacific to inform, nurture and inspire church members.||100% of offering goes to RECORD. On average it costs about $A30 for a full year (49 issues) of RECORD to arrive at a church near you and this offering makes a contribution toward that cost.||Annual|
|World Mission Budget||General Conference (GC)||Supports the general worldwide work of the church.||40% to Christian Education
35% to World Division Appropriations
10% to Inter-Division Employees
10% to World Division Special Projects
5% to General Conference Operations.
|Annually, spread over three offerings|
|Adventist Youth||South Pacific Division (SPD)||To support youth and volunteer projects. This includes the development of resources for new projects and the upgrade of the Adventurer, Pathfinder and Youth training Curriculum. Part of the funds is made available to Conferences and Missions for special evangelistic projects.||100% of offering is distributed by the South Pacific Youth Department to Volunteer Services and other youth projects.||Biennial – alternating with Christian Services for the Blind & Hearing Impaired|
There are four offerings that are classified as Sabbath School Offerings:
- Weekly Sabbath School Offering
- 13th Sabbath Offering
- Investment Offering
- Birthday/Thanks Offering
|Sabbath School||General Conference (GC)||Not for designated projects but used to fund the worldwide mission program.||This offering, along with a portion of tithe funds, is what enables established work to be maintained. This is done primarily through the operating appropriations to the world divisions and General Conference Institutions.||Weekly|
|13th Sabbath||General Conference (GC)||For world mission projects.||75% for world mission projects.
25% of offering is sent to the designated project that has been promoted during the quarter.
|Investment||General Conference (GC)||For world mission projects. (To encourage further giving to the world mission program and to raise funds for the mission through various family, individual or local church projects.)||22.5% of offering is sent to the various divisions for “frontier outreach and/or large city evangelism”.||Not tied to a particular time period, nor is it a weekly or quarterly appeal but is a continuing program. Periodically a special promotion appeal may be presented.|
|Birthday/Thanks||General Conference (GC)||Not for designated projects but used to fund the worldwide mission program.||This offering, along with a portion of tithe funds, is what enables established work to be maintained. This is done primarily through the operating appropriations to the world divisions and General Conference Institutions.||Special appeal suggesting that a special mission gift would be appropriate in recognition of God’s blessings.|