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BUILDING ON AN OLD FOUNDATION
In the twelfth chapter of Paul's letter to the Christians living in Corinth, here is what he urges them to consider: That God has given each person many gifts. Paul says that each gift is meant for the common good. That is, God means for us to use our gifts for the church, and through it for the transformation of society and the world.
Paul points out that just as a human body has many parts, so does the Body of Christ, that is, the church, when he writes: "Now you are the body of Christ and individual members of it." Then he lists how each person is very important and has a role to play in the life of the church. Some are teachers, some preachers, some natural leaders, some gifted at organizing, some at leading prayer groups, others at working with youth, and some are talented in the field of music. Although it is often not recognized as a spiritual gift, some members of the Body are also endowed with the gift of giving or blessed with abilities related to financial matters.
St. Paul's insight and instructions are clear: to use the gifts that God has given to us for the benefit of others in God's Kingdom. So the question each of us may rightly ask ourselves is: "Am I resolved to allow God to use me and my resources for His glory and the work of God's kingdom?"
As a component of that kingdom, Greenville Seminary is committed to the strengthening and purity of the church through the training of biblically grounded preachers, pastors and teachers who are dedicated to the historic faith of the Reformation. The seminary depends on contributors for more than 70 percent of our operating costs and for our capital needs. We offer our supporters a variety of convenient ways to underwrite the ministry of this vital institution, including:
- Traditional mailing of a one-time or recurring donation by check or credit card. You may download and print an optional donation form in Microsoft Word or PDF format to indicate the purpose of your gift.
- Donating online (visit the GPTS Donate Online page) through our secure payment processor, PayPal.
- Using your bank's or financial institution's "Bill Pay" system (usually a free service), making either a one-time donation or automatic recurring payment.
- Calling the seminary's development office at 864/322-2717 (ext. 318) to make a credit card donation over the phone.
- Planned giving or estate planning. Greenville's knowledgeable expert partners at the PCA Foundation will be happy to discuss this opportunity and help you construct a plan.
- Donating monthly via automatic Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). If you would like to begin giving to the seminary in this way, please click here to download a Monthly Debit Authorization Form. Fill out the form and mail it to the seminary with a deposit slip or voided check.
- Using EFT or online electronic options increases our efficiency and helps us to maintain a steady cash flow. It also saves you the cost of writing and mailing checks. Many companies, charities, non-profit organizations and churches have found that this alternative to checks is not only less time consuming, but also gives a greater dollar return than conventional ways of receiving money.
- If you would prefer to give to the seminary by mailing a check or by mailing your credit card information rather than submitting online, please click here to download a Donation Form, fill it out and mail to the seminary.
- If you have questions, please contact the GPTS Development Office.
Planned Giving and Estate Planning
One of the important ways to support the seminary is through long-term planned giving. Expert advise and guidance can be obtained through your personal financial planner, attorney or Christian organizations which specialize in estate planning and other forms of philanthropic giving. One such organization with an affinity to the seminary is the PCA Foundation, an arm of the Presbyterian Church in America. You do not need to be a member of the PCA to take advantage of the Foundation's expertise.
Among the opportunities for using your resources to advance the work of the seminary or other Kingdom organizations is the Foundation's donor-advised "Advise & Consult Fund." This instrument has great current tax advantages and allows you flexibility in channeling your gifts. For example, one gift to this fund can be directed to fund multiple distributions to ministries. Other programs include Charitable Remainder Trusts, Endowments, Charitable Lead Trusts, Church Designated Funds, Individual Designated Funds, Estate Design, Bequest Processing and Special Services.
The GPTS Development Office would be happy to send you a copy of the Foundation's helpful "Guide to Planning Your Estate." We can also send you other brochures describing various opportunities for planned giving. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 864-322-2717 ext. 319. Or you can write to the Seminary at PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687. You may also learn all about the PCA Foundation and contact it directly from its web site: www.pcafoundation.com.
Capital Funds Campaign
Contributing to the Greenville Seminary Capital Funds Campaign
God has richly blessed the seminary with the provision of an elegant home for our scholars, faculty and staff. In 2008, GPTS completed the renovation of the old Taylors High School. Although the majority of cost for this renovation were covered by our Capital Campaign there is still a need for additional funds to amortize the remaining mortgage. Read about opportunities to support our Capital Funds Campaign by clicking here