What is Tithing?
Tithing is giving one-tenth of ones' annual income to support the ministry and missions of the church. It teaches us to prepare our lives.
(Leviticus 27:30 - Numbers 1 18:26 - Deuteronomy 14:24 - Matthew 6:21)
Money is something we Methodists do no enjoy discussing, but that doesn't mean we cannot avoid the subject. Have you given thought to the expenses of the church? Much like your own, they increase every year. When you miss a worship service, do you give double the amount the next Sunday? When you winter elsewhere, do you remember to mail your tithe while you are away? We miss you when you are not here. Tithing congregations have spiritual vitality and health, and thus the church is sustained financially.
How Can I Tithe?
Giving to the church is a start. Give above and beyond the tithe, give money to a charity, give to a friend or neighbor in need, or give your time and talents.
If you are away for an extended period of time or just want to give conveniently, consider a systematic contribution from your financial institution directly to the church.
Do you have a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA? The year in which you reach age 70-1/2 you are required to take a calculated withdrawal from your IRA each year. Did you know you can contribute that amount directly to the church as a donation and it is not a taxable event to you. In other words you do not have to pay taxes on the withdrawal. Contact your financial advisor or financial institution for assistance. Remember, this RMD must be completed by December 31st of each year.
I tithe and the windows of heaven open with such a blessing I can't contain it all.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Prov. 3: 9-10