Tithing Etiquette

I have been attending church for most of my life and during that time I have of course tithed (well, not always,but I do try!).  I have filled out that little envelope, marked where I wanted my money to go and dropped in the offering bucket as it came by.  I never once thought about what happens after the buckets are collected…until about two months ago.

I was asked if I wanted to volunteer in the finance department on Mondays when they process the tithes and offerings.  I agreed because it sounded like fun.  I know, I am an accounting nerd!  Now that I have been doing this for about two months I can see what everyone does wrong and I of course know how to fix it!  I complete this process every Monday with two other ladies and we have come up with a solution to our problems.  We decided that we need to educate the church population on the do’s and don’ts of tithing.  A video before service would serve this purpose and we have put together a list:

DO use an envelope when giving a cash donation.  Please write your full name on the envelope.  Do you know how many Bob’s there are in our church?  We don’t know who you are if you don’t write it down!

DO place your money neatly in the envelope.  It is not necessary to fold it our crumple it like a piece of trash!

DON’T use an envelope for a check.  It is not needed.  All your information is on the check for us and all we do is throw the envelope away anyway.

DO put in the memo line of the check what your donation is for.  T for tithing, O for offering, M for missions and so on.

DON’T give us dirty coins…you know we have to touch them to count!!

DO give cash anonymously if you feel led to do so.  Just don’t crumple it up or fold until it is tiny.  We do have to straighten the money out to give to the bank.

DON’T seal an envelope if you do not wish to write on it.  That way we can recycle the envelope.

We are not trying to be overly legalistic…just trying to make it easier on our Finance Department!

What do you do with your tithes and offerings?

Comments

  1. That’s too funny. I never thought about that. People really crumple their money? Odd.

  2. The Biblical tithe was never money, and never came from anyone’s icnome. It always came from God’s miracles of crops and animals – FOOD.THE FIRST TITHELeviticus 27:30-33 defines this tithe as a tenth of crops and animals in herds and flocks.Numbers 18 gives the ordinances, or instructions, for this tithe, and commands this tithe be taken to the Levites.Purpose of this tithe: to support the Levitical Priesthood.SECOND TITHEDeuteronomy 14:22-27: aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take for the yearly feast.Purpose of this tithe: that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always THIRD TITHEDeuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus did not tithe as a carpenter. Paul did not tithe as a tent maker. Peter did not tithe as a fisherman.The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their icnome might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was equal percentage (a tenth). The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of equal percentage. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving ten percent.

    • kaleozone_admin says:

      I do agree with your position on tithing. I agree that we are not bound by the law and are told to give freely according to our means. I process the tithes at my church and this was just meant to be a funny post about what to do with your money when putting it in the offering bucket. But, thanks for your comments! 🙂

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