Every single dollar stewarded at Watermark is part of the “missions budget,” strategically deployed to advance God’s mission here and around the world. We don't “pass the plate” but that’s not because there isn’t great need. In fact, we have more opportunities than resources at any given time. Rather, we believe this is the best way to facilitate joyful giving (2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 6:4). Let us all prayerfully consider how we might continue to invest in this mission with our hearts and God’s possessions.
You can give online using the button below. ACH (checking account) is our highly preferred method of payment because it saves us money on fees, allowing the maximum dollars possible to go directly to ministry use. To give with ACH, you will enter an account and routing number.
Note: Debit cards are now a payment option as well. Credit cards are still not an available method.
Rather than pass a collection plate during weekend services, we encourage members of our body to give as the Lord leads them by placing their gifts in boxes near the entrances and exits.
Gifts can be sent by mail or dropped off at the Watermark offices:
Watermark Community Church, Contributions, 7540 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75251
Stock or other assets may be donated to Watermark Community Church. Please notify Jennifer Kearney if you wish to donate stock or other assets. Stock may be donated to Watermark by transferring investments to our account at Fidelity Investments. Please notify Jennifer of any pending transfers so that we can be aware of any activity and handle it properly.
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All contributions to Watermark are applied to the General Fund unless they are designated to another fund.
If you are choosing to make a gift, your gifts can be designated to the General Fund, which supports the day-to-day ministries and church support services, to the Building Fund, which supports building and development opportunities across all of our campuses, or to one of our Local or International Initiatives.
You will notice in our giving options that you can choose a general fund based on which campus you attend. We use the campus information for reporting purposes, but the final decision about the allocation of all general funds rests with the Elders and other campus leaders as they prayerfully seek God's direction in how to direct God's resources invested at Watermark.
To find out more about our Local and International Initiatives and to give online, please visit the pages below.
Gifts that are not labeled will be accounted for as a gift applied towards the General Fund.
To give toward an international outreach/discipleship trip led by Watermark, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the individual requesting support for further instructions.
Watermark will send out an acknowledgement of your contributions no later than January 31, 2021. Please inform us of any address changes at the email below. Please email us with any questions.
"Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
- 2 Corinthians 9:7
We believe the giving of our firstfruits is an act of worship, a way that honors God (Proverbs 3:9) while also living mindfully that ALL we own, not just what we give is the Lord's (Psalm 24:1). God is a giver of eternal gifts (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 2:12) and temporal (Deuteronomy 8:17-18, James 1:17) and when a follower of Christ freely and joyfully gives away their increase, whether it be money, possessions, time, or talents, they are imitating God. We are excited about your desire to give, not only because of how your gift will allow us to continue to be about our mission of being and making disciples, but also because of what your gift prayerfully communicates to the world about your heart and relationship with God (2 Corinthians 9:12-15) and how investing wisely benefits you (Acts 20:35, Luke 12:33).
If you would like to know how you can better handle your finances in accordance with God’s word, please visit our Moneywise ministry.
$27.1 million! Every dollar we spend advances God’s mission in DFW and around the world.
We shared more than $800,000 of our budget with local and international ministry partners to support causes like family restoration, anti-sex trafficking, healthcare, education, mentoring, prison ministry, life initiatives, and more.
The body contributed an additional $2.5 million supporting external ministry partners and international discipleship trips through “Designated Giving” funds for orphan care, disaster relief, Urgent Care clinics, etc.
It’s not because there isn’t a need. We believe the best way to facilitate joyful giving (2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 6:4) is not to prompt it with a specific moment in the service, but to provide our body with opportunities to give as the Lord leads. Anyone can give online at watermark.org/giving, send checks by mail, or place gifts in the giving boxes across our campuses. About 25% of our annual giving is received each December.
85% of our budget goes directly to Kingdom work, including all weekend and midweek ministries, our staff, local and international ministry partners, conferences, and other strategic investments in churches locally and around the world.
15% of our budget goes toward operating, maintaining, and developing campus facilities, which are used throughout the week.
Each ministry and department creates a budget every year, evaluating what we should keep doing, start doing, and stop doing. Budgets are then reviewed by our internal Finance Team; our lay-led Business Advisory Team, which provides leadership in our budget planning and implementation; and our Elders, who ultimately approve the budget.
We rigorously track every dollar in and out of Watermark, with monthly reporting for each department. Our annual financial statements are audited by an outside firm to ensure accuracy.
With the roll-off of the Fort Worth campus and the upcoming roll-off of the Plano campus in January 2021, our total budget decreased by $4.1 million from last year. Our remaining budget stayed essentially flat year-over-year. Over the past three years, our budget has increased an average of 8% annually.
The only way our budget is maintained or can increase is through the generous giving of our body. We continually look for ways to use funds more effectively, cutting budgets where cost-saving opportunities are found. If additional staff hires are necessary to support growth, there is a rigorous vetting process before requests are approved. Our actual spending has consistently been less than budgeted, and any extra funds are put toward strategic priorities.
We reviewed and appropriately adjusted all ministry budgets specifically in light of COVID-19. With those reductions, we maintained an essentially flat overall budget while still investing in strategic priorities, such as the growth of the Watermark Institute. Thankfully, we were not forced to lay off any staff.
To date, giving has been on track to meet our budget for this fiscal year. However, since 25% of annual giving is typically received in December, we won’t have a clear picture on giving until early 2021. Thank you for your continued generosity, and please pray with us that God will meet our needs.
Given that our economy cycles over time and we could be impacted in a downturn, we see wisdom in maintaining reserves for the unknown. In accordance with the direction of our Business Advisory Team, we set aside funds to cover three months of operating expenses, along with a reserve account to fund facilities repairs and maintenance.
These projects depend on the provision of resources by our body.
We regularly meet with Members to discuss our budget and answer questions. Please email email@example.com for information.