I posted last week about the Top 3 reasons why we don’t talk about giving in worship. That post was geared toward pastors and leaders and was designed to challenge them.
This post is about the other perspective. A big questions is “Are the reasons we don’t talk about giving in worship the same as the reasons people don’t want to hear about giving in worship?” There are similarities but I have found the reasons to be strikingly different in many ways.
- Teaching/Preaching tithing makes people uncomfortable when they hear it in worship because most people in the congregation are not tithing. Less than 7% of Christians are tithing (10%) of their income to their local church. Unless your church is radically different, most of the people in your church are not tithing. This is not meant to condemn anyone or make them feel badly. It is an unfortunate fact; our people don’t tithe. We have to teach them what tithing is and why they should do it.
- Many people are skeptical of church leadership and how the money is being spent. Many people ask the question “Is the church being a good steward with the money that is given?” Unfortunately there have been misuses of money in churches and this erodes the trust between the congregation and church leadership which ultimately causes people not to give the church. People in your church are giving; they just may not be giving to your church. We have to show the people of the church the ROI (return on investment) if you will. We have to celebrate the generosity of the people and we have to show them that the church is using the dollars given in a way that is changing lives in the community and the world.
- People reject authority; some more than others. However, many people will ask “Who is he (pastor) to tell me that I should give and how much to give?” Many people think that the pastor just wants more money instead of understanding what God has to say about giving. Giving is biblical and it is vital to our relationship with God. God does not NEED our money, but we NEED to give in response to God’s generosity to us. It is the senior pastor’s responsibility to teach this biblical perspective on tithing/giving.