A recent article published by the Virginian-Pilot included comments made as a defense and rationale by an individual to justify her illegal actions. Among those comments was the notion that Wave Church encourages people to give in order to “get closer to God”.
Anyone who’s attended Wave Church for any length of time would know that Wave Church has always been, and always will be, a church that believes in the power of Jesus’ grace and loves people, regardless of social or economic status. Wave Church believes in the Biblical principle of tithing and generosity. We believe, as it states in 2 Corinthians 8:12, that everyone should give according to what they have, not according to what they do not have.
Giving at Wave Church is a free will offering based on Scripture. Our opportunities for contributions are similar to most evangelical Christian churches across the world.
Wave Church pastors have never made the assertion, nor do we believe, that someone’s giving gets him or her closer to God.
Wave Foundation is what many churches would call a missions fund or building fund. It exists to support missions endeavors both locally and abroad; as well, it helps support the building of facilities at our different campuses.
Participation in Wave Foundation is completely voluntary. Our approach to Wave Foundation giving is based on the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12. Wave teaches that resourcing the Foundation is not based on equal giving but equal sacrifice. Everyone has different financial resources, therefore, we believe it is Biblical to give all people the opportunity to participate in Wave Foundation.
Everyone who participates in committing to Wave Foundation is invited to a bi-monthly breakfast. It’s our way of providing encouraging teaching and updates of all that the Foundation has accomplished.
Some of the highlights of the Foundation over the last couple years include:
- Supporting orphanages & rescuing child soldiers in war torn areas such as Uganda.
- The purchase of a home to rescue girls from human trafficking in Moldova.
- Supporting a Russian orphanage to end a multi-generational cycle of isolation, poverty, and orphanhood in the lives of many Russian children.
- Ongoing support to humanitarian relief in Israel
- Donating $50,000 to the City of Virginia Beach Homeless Shelter to help solve homelessness in our city.
- Supported church plants across the US most recently in Tampa, FL, Columbus, OH, Orlando, FL, and Vallejo, CA
- Our Missions team have traveled most recently to Peru and Israel and another team to Uganda this July.
- The purchase of our Norfolk facility to give a permanent home to that congregation.