Giving to DCBC

Frequently asked questions


Why should I give to DCBC?

Giving to a church is more than just putting some money into the offering bag during a service. It is a recognition of God’s sovereignty and it’s a step of faith. When you give you are recognizing God’s sovereignty and ownership of all things as did David when he prayed, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!” 1 Chronicles 29:11-13. At the same time you are taking a step of faith, giving first to God and trusting that he will provide for your needs.


Can I give without a donation number?

You don’t have to have one, but the New Zealand Government will refund up to a third of your donations to DCBC via a donation tax rebate. All you have to do is earn a taxable income at least to the amount of your claim. It makes sense to take advantage of this and you can do what a number of people do, give the rebate to DCBC allowing us to do more. 

The tax receipt number is our way of keeping track of your giving, so that we can send you an accurate tax receipt in mid April, along with details of how to apply for your rebate.


How do I make my donation increase by 50% without it costing me anything?

Consider giving you tax rebate once you’ve claimed it at the end of the financial year. This is money you’ve already given, so why not give the government’s tax rebate as well. If you do and keep doing it then 50% more than what you’ve initially given will go to the church. That’s because you’ll give the 33.33% tax rebate then you’ll get a rebate on that which you will give again, then next year another 33.33% rebate on that rebate etc etc.


How do I give by automatic payment?  

Download the “Giving to DCBC via Automatic Payments and Internet Banking” information sheet here . You will need to be set up for Internet banking with your bank or get an automatic payment form from your bank and you will need a tax receipt number. Then follow the instructions. If you have any problems, email


Can I give by credit card (or EFTPOS)?

No, we do not believe people should go into debt when making a donation to the church. 

While we have had EFTPOS facilities in the past we have stopped this service because very few people made use of it and it was costing too much to maintain.


What if I want to give during the service and have my donation recorded against my tax receipt number?

On the information tables are packs of manila envelopes, they are also available from the information table. Take an envelope, put your donation inside and on the front put your tax receipt number and fill in the details of where you want your donations to go. Then put it in the offering bag as it goes by during the service. If you are donating by cheque, put you can put your receipt number etc on the back, though it is preferable to put it in an envelope.


How do I participate in the offering during the service if I give electronically?

Over half of the donations made to DCBC come through electronic means, so many people give to DCBC but not through the weekly offering. If you are one of them we suggest that as the offering bag comes past, hold it for a moment and acknowledge to God that all that you have is his and reflect on what that means in your life.


Does DCBC have any appeals for money other than those above?

Yes, we have two a year, The first appeal is for mission beyond our borders – advancing God’s Kingdom in other parts of the world. The second appeal, in September-October, is the First Fruits appeal. This appeal we put towards our mission here in Dunedin. Very occasionally we have other appeals such as the Tsunami Appeal in January 2006.


What if I have any more questions?

Please get in touch with us and ask, we are only too happy to answer. You can email us at, or ask Mike Simpson (or one of the leadership team) after the service on Sunday.