THE MISSION OFFERINGS
When we were very small we learned how to give our mission offerings in Sabbath School. I remember singing the “Hear the Pennies Dropping” song as a child. And we would enthusiastically drop our pennies or whatever we might have had into the
As we grew older we
found the basket, envelope, or plate being passed around in our Sabbath School
classes and then as we got even older some have started giving online as
well. The idea is, of course, to
continue to give mission offerings.
offerings are collected under two main categories in the world divisions. These
are the World Budget Offering and the One (or Combined) Offering Plan. The
funds are sent to the General Conference (GC). The mission offerings consist of
the regular weekly Sabbath School Offering; the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering;
the Sabbath School Investment Offering and the Birthday-Thank Offering. Three more offerings are added to make
up the total General Conference World Mission Fund. Let’s explore the above mentioned offerings more thoroughly:
As we grew older we found the basket, envelope, or plate being passed around in our Sabbath School classes and then as we got even older some have started giving online as well. The idea is, of course, to continue to give mission offerings."
Weekly Mission Offering
given in Sabbath School constitute the regular weekly mission offering. These
funds are recognized as GC funds and are donations given for the purposes to
which mission appropriations are made and are included in the annual world
mission budget distribution.
Sabbath Offering is taken each quarter on a designated day or on the thirteenth
Sabbath. A portion is devoted to designated projects in the world divisions
according to a schedule voted by the Annual Council of the GC. Twenty-five percent of the actual
amount of funds received by the GC for this offering will be appropriated to
the designated projects and the remaining seventy-five percent to the world
This offering came
about to further giving to the mission program and to raise mission funds
through various individual or family projects. This fund is not tied to a
weekly or monthly program but the giving is based on the returns of special
fundraising member projects. The
funds can be returned at various times during the year. Sabbath School Investment funds are GC
funds and designated as a portion of the world mission funds. However, twenty-two and one-half
percent of these funds are appropriated to divisions for frontier outreach
and/or large city evangelism based on regular annual base appropriations.
and Thank Offerings
This offering comes
about from an appeal to the Sabbath School periodically. It would suggest that a special mission
gift would be appropriate to recognize God’s blessing on the occasion of a
birthday or other commemorative event for which the member wishes to express
thankfulness. These funds are
included with the other Sabbath School Offerings to expand the cause of
missions around the world.
The allocation of
mission funds is voted during the GC Annual Council budget process. The
divisions of the world church show a positive trend while it is flat in the
North American Division. It appears that this NAD trend is due to members
giving offerings directly to a number of overseas projects such as the One Day
Church projects, ShareHim, various mission trips, and other mission endeavors.