Why Do We Give to the Church?

Giving at First Baptist Church of Laurel is based on the principle that God requires us to return a portion of what He has given us back to Him. The standard of giving from the Bible is a tithe, which literally means a 10th or 10%. So many people give with that standard in mind - 10% of what they have earned. Giving is only expected of our members and regular attenders, so if you're a guest at a worship service, you are not expected to give when the offering is being received.

How Giving Works

When you bring your tithes and offerings to FBCL, they go back into the community by funding ministries as well as the facilities and supplies we use for ministry. Take a look a this quick video and download the giving info-graphic.

The Legacy Fund

There are ministries here at First Baptist Church whose primary purpose is the spread of The Gospel in our community and beyond. The Legacy Fund has been established to ensure that those ministries receive funding for both the present and future. Legacy Fund means different things to different people. For us, we want to leave a monetary gift behind each year that will grow over time. The interest from this fund will be applied directly to ministries that meet certain criteria. We are asking each giving unit or person to give an extra $125 this year to mark our 125th anniversary as a church. We will add a dollar each year that our church celebrates its anniversary.

Common Questions for the Legacy Fund

To fund ministries of the church that have an outward gospel focus. Examples of such ministries are VBS, student ministries on Wednesday evenings, MOPS, Singles Outreach, ESL, Main Street Festival, Harvest Festival, and Merry Christmas Laurel to name a few.
The chairman of the deacons, trustees, finance committee and church treasurer will make recommendations to the Trustees and the Trustees to the church family.
The Legacy Fund Committee will likely start with the smaller budgeted items first before any decisions are made. The criteria for inclusion will be presented to the congregation at a regularly scheduled business meeting.
We anticipate if all of our giving units contribute, we will have over $30,000 the first year. In three years, we project having over $100,000 put back to cover our ministries moving forward.
You can give by using the yellow envelopes located in the back of the Family Life Center each weekend. You can also give online by using Pushpay and selecting Legacy Fund as the designated gift. Continue reading this page below on all the ways you can give.

Ways to Give


  • Pushpay_White_Landscape_ClearCutGive Online using the Pushpay App. With Pushpay, you have the option to give one time, on a reoccurning schedule, or to a designated offering. To get started, text “FBCL” to 77977 on your smartphone. Learn more about pushpay below.
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    Cash, checks, money orders, etc, made payable to First Baptist Church, can be placed in the offering plate before or during a worship service. They can also be mailed in to First Baptist Church, 15000 First Baptist Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.
  • Use on-line banking to have your bank send your donation to the church. Send to First Baptist Church, 15000 First Baptist Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. No account number is required.
  • Envelopes are sent to members and regular donors upon request. They are also available in the church lobby. Giving statements are available for qualified donations.

Pushpay gives donors the option to give one time, on a reoccurring schedule, or to a designated offering. To get started, text “FBCL” to 77977 on your smartphone. Learn more with this video.

When you send “FBCL” to 77977 you will receive a one-time reply containing a link to give to First Baptist Church of Laurel (1msg/request). Please be aware that msg & data rates may apply. For full terms & conditions please visit https://pushpay.com/terms. For the privacy policy please visit https://pushpay.com/privacy. For help reply HELP or STOP to cancel.