Q: Is HRC a 501 (c)3?
HighRidge Church is recognized as a 501(c)3 organization with a Religious Exemption. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Q: How is the ministry of the church funded?
The ministry of HighRidge Church is funded by the regular tithes and offerings of the church family. These can be given in the Weekend Services, through Online Giving, setting up Recurring Giving, or Texting.
Q: Does HighRidge Church give to missions?
10% of all unrestricted contributions are given to support Missions.
Q: Does HighRidge Church have a budget?
Yes. Each year in October we begin financial planning for the upcoming year. The elders approve the budget in December, and it is implemented in January.
Q: How is the budget determined? What is the overall budget for this year?
In preparing the budget, we begin by looking at what we expect to come in through tithes and offerings based on trends, but we also pray and seek God for wisdom on what to anticipate (He may stretch our faith!). Then we ask God for direction regarding the ministries and activities in which we should engage in the next year, and set targets for each department. Each department will then allocate those funds for regular ministry activities and expenses. The overall budget and our progress can be found on the most recent Financial and Ministry Update.
Q: What are HRC’s Financial Accountability Standards?
HRC’s finance department accounts for church finances based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), maintaining recommended internal controls and segregation duties. Monthly reports are prepared by a licensed CPA and reviewed by elders.
Q: Does HighRidge Church send contribution notices to its tithers and givers?
Contribution notices are accessible at any time online. On the Resources Page, click on the “Member Login” link. 1. Create an account. [If you already have an account, go to step 3.] Click “Request Account” 2. If you’re not logged in, you’ll be prompted to log in first. 3. Follow the steps to access your Contribution Statement.
Q: How do I set up a recurring gift?
To set up a recurring gift, click Giving on the website or the app. When asked whether to repeat the gift, choose ‘yes’ then the frequency. You can set up as many schedules as you would like, so it’s possible to give a monthly gift as well as a weekly one. If you would like to give towards multiple areas (i.e. tithes, building fund, etc.), please set up a separate transaction for each one.
Note: ACH contributions may not show up on your bank account statement until 3-5 business days after your submission.
Q: How are expenditures approved?
Every penny that is spent at HighRidge is first approved by Department Heads. Additionally, certain items need approval from the Finance Director to continue through the approval process. If the expense hits an amount threshold or is of a specific category, then the Executive Pastor will also approve the item. Finally, the Finance Office evaluates each expense along with its supporting documentation to ensure proper coding before being paid. Once checks are issued, two check signers (approved by the Elders) look through the documentation for each check and sign. The checks are then disbursed.
Q: How can I get my Giving Statement?
Please visit the Giving Statement page to find out how!