What Is This ‘Tithing’ Thing About Anyway?

5 Reasons To Consider Tithing

1. Ancient and Biblical Model. Tithing is our most ancient model for giving. It is an example for us. (Genesis 28:10-22, Genesis 14:20, Leviticus 27:30-32, Deuteronomy 14:22-23, Numbers 18:22-29, 2 Corinthians 8:12-15, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 5:23-24 are just a few of the many places in scripture to learn about tithing)

2. Trust in God. Tithing helps us to worship God more fully in our whole life. It cultivates our spiritual growth and trust in God.

3. Financial Wisdom. Tithing brings God’s presence into our financial planning. When we involve God in planning how we will use our money, we are exercising a healthy spiritual discipline and that helps us to combat the destructive influence of materialism and greed that can infect and destroy our lives.

4. Ministry Support. Tithing provides the means to keep a full time pastor at our church as well as supporting staff, office and a well maintained building.

5. Congregational Strength. Tithing strengthens the ministries, outreach and health of our congregation and helping to mold a Christian community of faith love and grace.

Tithing is the practice of pledging and offering 10% of your income. In the Old Testament, tithing was part of the Law and it was considered the minimum amount one would offer to God. In the New Testament, we have been freed from the requirement and obligation to follow this as Law. However, it has been a common practice in the Christian church for centuries to use tithing as a good, concrete example for giving to the church that we are not obligated to obey but given as an example we may choose to adopt.

If you are interested in tithing or in percentage giving, here is a chart that may be helpful. At first, it might sound overwhelming to think of giving what may seem like a huge amount of money especially if we’ve never considered tithing before. This chart breaks down the amounts into weekly portions and gives smaller and larger percentages to start from and grow into in the future.

Annual Income

Monthly Income

Weekly Income

Weekly Offering 4%

Weekly Offering 6%

Weekly Offering 8%

Weekly Offering 10%

Weekly Offering 12%

Weekly Offering 15%

$18,000 $1500 $346 $14 $21 $28 $35 $42 $52
$25,000 $2083 $481 $19 $29 $38 $48 $58 $72
$30,000 $2500 $557 $23 $35 $46 $58 $69 $87
$40,000 $3333 $769 $31 $46 $62 $77 $92 $115
$45,000 $3750 $865 $35 $52 $69 $87 $104 $130
$50,000 $4,167 $962 $38 $58 $77 $96 $115 $144
$60,000 $5,000 $1,154 $46 $68 $92 $115 $138 $172
$75,000 $625 $1442 $58 $87 $115 $144 $173 $216
$100,000 $8333 $1923 $77 $115 $154 $192 $231 $288
$125,000 $10,417 $2404 $96 $144 $192 $240 $288 $361
$150,000 $12,500 $2885 $115 $173 $231 $289 $346 $433
$175,000 $14,583 $3365 $135 $202 $269 $337 $404 $505
$200,000 $16,667 $3846 $154 $231 $208 $285 $462 $577
$225,000 $18,750 $4327 $173 $260 $346 $433 $519 $649

Writing a Personal Money Autobiography

1As Shepherd of the Hills begins this year’s Stewardship Campaign, we invite everyone to examine their relationship with money. This personal money autobiography, created by the ELCA, is a great place to start.

Writing a Personal Money Autobiography

Writing a personal money autobiography is an important step in expressing one’s stewardship journey. The process reveals one’s attitudes, behaviors and feelings about money. In this activity it is important to focus on different points in your life (childhood, adolescence, young adult, mature adult, etc.) Take a sheet or two of blank paper and write out your responses to the questions below. Reflect on these experiences and how specific understandings developed.

1. What is the earliest experience with money that you remember?

2. As a child growing up, did you feel rich or poor? Why?

3. What was your attitude toward money as a teenager? How was this influenced by peers or siblings?

4. How were your attitudes and behaviors about money shaped by your family members?

5. What role did money play in your life as a young adult? How was this influenced by a spouse or co-workers?

6. If applicable, how did your relationship with money change when you became a parent and grandparent?3

7. What is your happiest memory in connection with money?

8. What is your unhappiest memory in connection with money?

9. How does your faith guide you in your use of money?

10. How do you feel about your present financial situation compared with a past situation?

11. Are you generous or stingy with your money? In what ways?

12. How do you decide what to give to churches and other nonprofits? Why do you give to these causes?

13. What kinds of risks are you willing to take with your money?

14. What will you do with your money as you approach the end of this life?

4This and many other resources on stewardship can be found here