Our Financial Policies
People are most important.
As a church, people are most important to us, not their money. We don’t view things through a lens of donor bases, giving units or pet projects for those with money. We think it’s important for everyone to feel welcome, whether or not you ever give financially toward our cause.
We prefer to see it as what we give out, not what we bring in.
Those who generously contribute to Substance know that it is to benefit the people who walk in the doors and the community where we live. Plus we believe in supporting church plants nationally and around the world. For more on who we support check out our missions page.
Life isn’t about money, but it’s necessary in society.
We wish we lived in a utopian society where we could get free use of facilities and unlimited free data packages on cell phones. But the reality is that we have budgeted items that need to be funded to keep things moving along. We’re doing our best to work with a lean budget that reflects what we feel is important to God.
We are very thankful for our generous supporters who believe in our cause.
Our funding overwhelmingly comes from individuals who believe that what God is doing through Substance is worth investing in. We don’t have any rich uncles, corporate sponsors, or tycoons bent on world domination bankrolling us. We’re not crazy about volunteers wearing corporate logos or having website sponsors, but we are open to rich uncles (as long as they're not bent on world domination).
Open Book Policy on Financial Management:
Things are pretty straightforward. Ask us. We’ll show you our financial statements. Download our financial report from 2012 here: Download Report.