What does the United Methodist Church say about tithing?
In addition, each annual (regional) conference, as part of its responsibilities in the area of stewardship, is to "educate the local church that tithing is the minimum goal of giving in The United Methodist Church."
The Church also expects pastors to "teach and model generous Christian giving with a focus on tithing as God's standard of giving."
Since the tithe was figured in so many different ways in the Hebrew Bible, Rev. Clif Christopher and Rev. Herb Mather took the stance in their book Holy Smoke! Whatever Happened to Tithing? that the tithe is a benchmark. Just as people and institutions need all sorts of benchmarks to measure growth, the tithe can be one (of many) benchmarks of spiritual growth. If a person accepts that possibility, then they recommend starting with a tithe on the net and then moving beyond to setting a benchmark of tithing on the gross.
Where does your money go?
Your congregational giving supports our annual church budget, our building fund, and our conference apportionments. For more information please contact our financial secretary Ann Richardson.