For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for$50 billion a year in the U.S.
This $50 billion is from 10 million tithers–people who donate 10% or more their income to a church–across America. They make up 10-25% of a normal congregation yet they for 50-80% of church funding.
The ole’ Pareto principle (or the 80-20 rule) is still at work.
So out of that $50 billion there are churches receiving a larger portion of that pie.
And its not because they are megachurches.
The Reasons Why Some Churches See Bigger Offerings
Now I understand the controversy of this article. I know there people who see churches as businesses where “rich pastors” deceive poor people to give. Also, to be frank: I’m not a pastor. I get no benefit from tithes and offerings. So no I’m not asking you to send me a check!
But I am somebody who has seen their own life change as a result of giving. Not only that, but I do believe in the mission of the global church–the one called to lead, serve, and share. Regardless of its imperfections and missteps, it has great value in the eyes of One who died for it.
So, if it needs helps with the bills I think its only fair I lend a hand.
So yes, I’m a pro-tither!
Read the rest on my guest post at Patheos