How you use your money is a huge deal! Jesus said money is a big deal because where your treasure is, there your heart is as well. Take a moment and consider what Jesus meant. Jesus said that wherever you put your wealth, your money, your treasure, that is where your heart will be also. Use your money to glorify God.

Christ-followers need to give consistently and proportionally of their income to God for two broad reasons.

Reason #1. God has instructed us to give. Take a look at a few of the Biblical texts to see God’s will for those of us who follow Him.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Jesus (Matthew 6:21)

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. -Jesus (Luke 16:10-13)

“Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.” -Malachi (3:8-12)

“As for the rich in this present age, they are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” – Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 9:6)

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver…” – Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Reason #2 Tithing is what fuels Essential’s ministry.

Tithing is the system God has put into place to fuel ministry within the local church. The level of ministry Essential is able to do is tied to the faithfulness of those who attend Essential. Essential will do as much ministry as it can based upon the gifts given to Essential. If you are faithful with managing the resources God has blessed you with, Essential will be able to do more ministry.

Because of your giving to Essential we were able to do the following in 2016:

  • We launched our weekly services, thereby creating a safe place for people to come and explore Jesus in Huntsville
  • 13 people baptized
  • The Gospel was presented boldly and clearly each Sunday since we started weekly services in February ’16
  • We volunteered and served at many community events in downtown Huntsville
  • Over 125 people plugged into a Community Group
  • 115+ people served each month at Essential
  • Through the Good Neighbor Project, $9000 was given to our strategic partners. This does not include multiple special offerings throughout the year towards our homeless ministry and a special gift to say thanks to the school that allowed us to meet there
  • We have five staff (3 full time) who are able to devote their attention to ministering to the the people of Huntsville
  • We were able to provide exceptional programs for children
  • We saw many people who had previously been unconnected to a church come and plug into a Gospel-centered church

The ministry of Essential Church is funded by God’s provision through the tithes and offerings of faithful partners and attendees. At Essential Church, we honor God’s provision by exercising wise and faithful stewardship, ethical business practices, and full accountability so that the financial integrity of Essential Church remains above reproach.

There are several great ways to give to Essential Church

Online Giving:
We have partnered with PushPay to launch a new online giving platform that will make it easy and secure for you to give to South Bay Church. You will have more flexibility in making or scheduling your contributions to Essential Church from a computer or mobile device.

To begin giving go directly to our PushPay giving page.

In Person Giving:
Give in person at any of our weekend services. The offering is collected during the service towards the end of the service.

Bill Pay:
You can use the “Bill Pay” feature of your bank to send checks automatically to our church. Just set it up to send checks to our PO Box at Essential Church, PO BOX 525, Huntsville, AL 35804.

Appreciated Marketable Securities are a great way to maximize your giving, because you receive an immediate income tax deduction for the full fair market value of your securities. In addition, you pay no capital gains tax on the difference between your cost and the fair market value. For more information on giving stocks, bonds, or securities to Essential Church, please email

The ministry of Essential Church is funded through the generosity (tithe & offerings) of our attendees. Everything given is used to advance our mission of urgently leading people to say YES to Jesus and to passionately follow Him.

Lee Pilgreen is the Pastor who oversees finances. If you have any questions, please contact him at We have checks and balances in place to ensure the finances are handled with care and integrity. For details, please contact Lee.

Our financial practices and structures are set up in such a way which require high standards of biblical accountability, financial transparency, integrity in fund raising, and proper use of resources. For general questions about our financial practices, contact us at

To see a copy of our 2017 budget, please schedule a time to come by the church office by emailing

While we allow the use of credit cards for tithes and offerings, we still strongly encourage the use of electronic funds transfer rather than credit card for two primary reasons:

Although many pay off their credit cards each month, many also do not. We do not want to encourage someone to go into debt and pay interest on gifts given to the church. We offer the opportunity to donate by credit card as a convenience to those who manage their finances in a God-honoring way.

With electronic transfer, your entire gift goes to the church. When using a credit card, as much as 3% of your gift can go to the credit card company.