We accept tithes, offerings, and other financial donations.
Those who wish to voluntarily aid and support this worldwide Work of God are gladly welcomed as co-workers in this major effort to preach and publish the gospel to all nations per Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20.
Our mailing address is Continuing Church of God, 1036 W. Grand Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433. Telephone is 1-805-574-1818.
Some have sent checks, others cash, others money orders, and even have used Western Union to donate. We also accept bank transfers. We also do have a way to accept donations via VISA/MasterCard/Discover.
We do accept donations via PayPal (which also will handle many major credit cards). Simply click on the Donate button below and you can enter any amount that you wish to donate to the Continuing Church of God:
And yes, in the USA, donations are immediately tax deductible as we have full IRS tax exempt status per Title 26 IRC 508(c)(1)(A). For those who in live in the State of California, we were specifically-approved in writing for our request for tax exemption status there. California nonprofit corporation number C3558924.
Donations to the Continuing Church of God are 100% deductible in all the US states.
Tax exempt status in New Zealand was also approved, and hence donations in New Zealand are also fully tax deductible. Check out CCOG.nz as you have to send donations to New Zealand for them to be deductible there.
Tax exempt status in Canada was also approved, and hence donations in Canada are also fully tax deductible. Check out CCOGCANADA.CA as you have to send donations to Canada for them to be deductible there.
What does the US office of the Continuing Church of God spend money on?
Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21) and “I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink … inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me (Matthew 25:35,40) and “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
In the Roman calendar year of 2022, income we received in the USA was up 13.8%. This increase was partially do to some unexpected seemingly ‘one time’ donations. Having this much increase was helpful as we have been expanding the number of countries with congregations, greatly increased the number of languages we have the gospel of the Kingdom of God available in, and because we greatly expanded our presence on radio around the world.
In the CCOG we really do focus on others and reaching the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. We received about 150 more language translations of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God booklet in 2022.
So, how were funds spent?
Overall, if you sent the CCOG a check for US$100.00 in 2022 here is how it was spent:
- Internet proclamation 7.39
- Printed publications 20.94
- Video and animation production 1.95
- Foreign final phase of the work 9.07
- Broadcast Radio 3.53
- US Feast of Tabernacles’ costs and US travel 2.35
- Increase in Reserves 7.12
- Administration and legal expenses 0.10
- Salaries, health insurance, and retirement plans for US leaders 0.00
- Support to Europe and Australia 3.08
- Support to or for Africa and Haiti 44.47
Yes, our income goes to support the physically and spiritually poor as we work to fulfill Matthew 24:14, Romans 11:25, the Ezekiel Warning, and Matthew 28:19-20.
Here are some longer explanations of each of the categories:
- Internet proclamation includes paying for servers, URL fees for websites, video platforms (like Vimeo), and our Google and Microsoft campaigns to reach people around the world. The Google campaign has now made over 500 million impressions on personal computers, laptops, tablets, and ‘smart’ cellular telephones with parts of the Philadelphian message. The Microsoft campaign, which targets 7th day Sabbath keepers, has had over 300,000 computer impressions since 2020.
- Printed publications include the production, printing, some translation costs (CCOG member translators are volunteers, but we also have an arrangement with an orphanage in Pakistan that we pay for those who volunteer to help it via doing translations for us), and distribution of the BibleNewsProphecy magazine in various languages as well as various books and booklets. The costs here also include formatting non-English literature in forms that it can be available on the internet as well as forms to allow it to be printed in the USA and Africa. The good news is supposed to be “published” (Mark 13:10, KJV/AFV) and we are doing that in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres.
- Video and animation production covers the costs to produce the BibleNewsProphecy videos, CCOG animations, the Behind the Works video, and the creation of DVDs that are sent to some international locations for the Feast of Tabernacles. It also, sometimes, includes cost for sermon production–but those costs are normally negligible. These videos are one of the major ways we reach people around the world. Because we mainly use free platforms, we do not have to spend massive amounts here.
- Foreign Final phase of the work expenses (professional fees, government fees, and travel) are generally for non-USA matters (essentially long-term proclamation matters related to Romans 9:23-28 and 11:23-28; see also The Final Phase of the Work). We are making contacts and working with various government, NGO, and private organizations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Because of less COVID restrictions, we spent more in this category than in 2021, but also were finally able to make certain key contacts as well as attain information and opportunities which we believe supports the final phase of the work. US expenses related to the final phase of the work are in other categories (like printed publications and internet expenses).
- Radio expenses are basically fees we pay to broadcast the good news of the Kingdom of God on commercial radio stations. We went on AM and shortwave radio in Europe (which also covers parts of North Africa and the Middle East), pay for radio on stations in Kenya, plus went on a shortwave station in the USA that also covers parts of Asia. Our online internet radio is covered by New Zealand (so not shown here) and US radio guest appearances are essentially free (sometimes a minor telephone cost, which is included under Administrative expenses). Costs for radio in the Philippines and Ghana are not included here as those are paid for by supporters in those countries.
- US Feast of Tabernacles’ costs include what the hotel charges for the meeting room and some travel and other expenses. This category also includes other US travel, which tends to be low. An example of US travel would include costs associated with making baptism related trips.
- Reserves are money not spent. Our funds were depleted badly during 2021 and we need to have some funds for emergencies as well as expenses we know we are about to encounter. Also, we held on to some funds to pay for the US-based shortwave radio station, which has still not ever billed us, despite us going on there for the last couple of months in 2022. Plus the reserve increase includes a pending refund. Also, with food shortages in various parts of the world, we feel it is wise to have some funds on hand as, “He who gathers in the summer is a wise son” (Proverbs 10:5).
- Administrative expenses. This tends to include a few office supplies, mandatory government fees, and telephone costs. My business office does NOT charge the CCOG for use of space, electricity, postal machine use, etc.
- Salaries are not paid to leaders in the USA. People such as myself, Steve Dupuie, Louis Rubin, Bill Wedekind, James Martenet, and our Spanish language translators are not paid—we all have freely donated time. Nor have we paid wages for their spouses. Nor have we funded any retirement nor health insurance plans.
- Europe and Australia, via Serbia. Those funds provide ministerial and other support, including producing messages and materials (electronically) to reach people, not only in Eastern Europe, but also around the world. In 2022, it also included costs associated with a trip to Australia for baptisms and the Feast of Tabernacles by elder Sasha Veljic.
- Support for Africa and Haiti includes paying for ministerial expenses to reach and teach, travel to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God, printing some literature, certain translation expenses, distributing literature, meeting space assistance, supporting the poor (Galatians 2:10; Romans 12:13; cf. James 2:14-16; Hebrews 13:16; Isaiah 58:7; Proverbs 28:27), including widows and orphans (James 1:27). While most of the direct support for Haiti has come from the Canadian office (and is not included here), the US office helps advise on this, and sometimes also directly sends support. The vast bulk of the money in this support category goes to Africa as that is where the vast majority of our members reside and many fruits are being produced. This includes ministerial travel, literature distribution, local congregation support, and poverty support. The Bible is clear that the fulness/full number of the Gentiles must come in before Jesus returns (Romans 11:25; see also What About Romans 11:25 and the Full Number of the Gentiles? ) and our spending reflects our seriousness in working to help this get accomplished.
The vast bulk of funds are spent to preach, reach, prepare for the short work (Romans 9:28), and teach, with nearly all the rest to support the poor and widows. It appears that never before in Church of God history have so few helped so many with so little for so long in order to have the impact that the Continuing Church of God is having.
We strongly believe that whatever you send is well spent to support the Philadelphian remnant as we work on Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20 while we strive to be ready for the short work (Romans 9:28) and our part in the final phase of the work (e.g. Daniel 11:32; Luke 21:12-17).
Related to calendar year 2021, the Continuing Church of God put together this sermonette to explain more about its spending:
The New Testament endorses giving tithes and offerings. What type of things does the Continuing Church of God spend the received tithes and offerings on? How did the CCOG spend the funds it received in 2021? Are ministers entitled to take a salary? Is it wrong for ministers to not take a salary? How many millions of personal computers, tablets, and ‘smart’ cellular telephones did the CCOG messages make impressions on in 2021? Do CCOG spending priorities align with Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 11:25, and Galatians 2:10, etc.? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
Here is a link to the sermonette: How Does the CCOG Spend Tithes & Offerings?
Hear the words of Jesus:
2 … The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2).
Pray for more laborers for the harvest as we push forward to do the work. Thank you for your support.
Here is a link to a related sermon: CCOG spending and priorities.