helping by financial giving

Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

reasons to be cautious


We rarely talk about money at Riverside, but budgets for ministry require it sometimes. We look to Jesus's teaching when we do.

In order to avoid problems sometimes cause by money and religion, the pastor is not involved and has no idea who gives what.

Contributions, small or large, give no privilege or access to power, or control in decision making in this church. (James 2:1-9)

our approach


(1) Make a personal plan (each one must give as s/he has made up her/his mind)

(2) Not out of guilt, to earn prestige or power in the church, or to bargain favor with God (not reluctantly or under compulsion)

(3) But with a sense of God's love (for God loves a cheerful giver)

(4) Give according to your means, whether little or much. The heart more than the amount matters.

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." (Luke 21:1-4)

practical ways to make a tax deductible gift

  2. Give Now
  3. The wooden box located in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings
  4. Snail mail to the Riverside Church office (9440 Big Bend Blvd; Webster Groves, MO 63119)
  5. Online banking account direct deposit: you can use your bank's website to request that checks be sent to Riverside Church on a recurring basis
  6. Gifts of stock or mutual funds: Using a low tax basis stock (not from a retirement account) is a good way to minimize capital gains taxes. If you would like to give stock, you will need to provide your broker with the following instructions: DTC: 0057 and Riverside Account# 17610731. When giving stock, please also contact the church office (314-918-9922) and leave a message for Mary (Office Administrator) or email her ( to inform us of the incoming gift so that we can make sure you get credit.

for the sake of the our city, the hope of our world

Your financial contributions supports:

  • Mercy ministries to those in need in our community
  • A safe place for the cynical, the burned out on Church, the suspicious and the questioning
  • Investing in young and old from diverse cultures - growing hospitable toward the nations in our own backyard and abroad
  • Reaching out and raising up the next generation

sermons on giving