As United Methodists, we are taught to tithe. The Church expects pastors to "teach and model generous Christian giving with a focus on tithing as God’s standard of giving."
The Church says that tithing is "the minimum goal of giving....", but does not specify net or gross. Some people tithe out of their gross income. Many tithe from their adjusted gross income and many tithe out of the after tax income. The important thing is to begin to tithe. God can always work on the details later.
The decision of defining how much is enough for our lifestyle is a difficult one. Few of us living in developed countries live with anything primitive, yet millions of people each day live without even the most primitive of resources. As Christians, we are called constantly to balance between our desired wants and our perceived needs. Tithing can help us take a step toward achieving a God-honoring balance with our financial resources. One of the best tithing stories is that of Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22).
The ways in which we choose to earn, give, save, and spend money are really spiritual decisions. When our first decision is one of giving, we place a greater level of trust in God. We begin by saying, “Thank you God! All that we have received is a blessing from you.” We acknowledge that we worship God and not money! Giving frees us from the bondage that money can have over our lives. Tithing encourages us to focus on God as the source of our strength, rather than our own achievements or financial assets. Tithing leads to spiritual growth personally and provides the financial assets for congregations to launch and expand a wide continuum of ministries. Together, we are able to accomplish far more than most of us can achieve individually. Tithing congregations are beacons of spiritual vitality and health. They are communities grounded in spiritual relationships, beginning with a relationship to God as the primary source of strength, hope, and life.
Here at CCUMC, you can use e-Give to take care of your offering electronically, if you so desire. There is a link at the bottom of the page which will take you to the e-Give site. Signing up is quick and easy! You can make special gifts through e-Give or set up your regular offering to go directly to the church. No more checks and your offering is made even if you are not here!