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How Churches Collect Tithes

How does your church collect tithes and/or offerings? Do you use collection plates, a box on the wall, envelopes (numbered or un-numbered) or something else? Are people able to give completely anonymously? Do you publish the amounts given by individuals?

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What I have never understood was how tv preacher after televangelist can get caught up in a scandel, yet people still send them money. Tithes and offerings belong to a local church, where they can do some good for the local congragation, not so some gawdy, garish woman on TV can buy a pink wig. In Orange County Ca we have one such woman many call 'tarantula eyes' due to her makeup. Who are the people who send them 'tithes'?
(Rita, those veggie dinosaurs had really big teeth!)
---MikeM on 11/9/07

-What I see that is 'fun to watch' are the televangelist begging for money. One claimed the devil caused a lightning strike at his TV station-he needed cash fast.

-Another said if you were watching and not sending him money you were robbing God.

-In high school I remember a preacher in Tulsa said a 100 Jesus woke him up and said his 'partners' must send 10 million or the preacher was to kill himself-and he got the money!
---MikeM on 11/9/07

Yes RyanZ I understand that and I often 'go with the flow' in these matters. However, on this occasion I sensed that I was being questioned about having not answered the question correctly. As it was my question in the first place I found it strange that someone should query my own input after reading that of others. I enjoyed reading what others had to say about their churches and then chose to tell others about mine - that is all.
---RitaH on 11/9/07

RitaH, you seem very intent on maintaining the integrity of your question, however, part of the fun of these blogs is that any question can lead into an infinite ammount of tangents. They take on a life of their own. I can guarantee you that any question about tithing will bring out numerous discussions pertaining to tithing but do not necessarily respond to the original question. Flow with it, it is a lot more fun that way.
---Ryan_Z on 11/9/07

Mima the question was NOT "is the present-day church turning the world upside down?" The question is at the top of the page, I am aware of its content as I wrote it and my postings, with the exception of one to Ryan Z, have been in relation to my own question. Even Ryan Z understood that I was referring to the here and now. I have no idea why you have written what you have written.
---RitaH on 11/9/07

How does this statement,"I don't see how any church can continue without a cashflow of some kind. Buildings need maintenance". Agree with this statement about the early church which clearly did not have buildings. Statement- Acts 17:6 "And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also," question is the present-day church turning the world upside down?
---Mima on 11/9/07

In addition to my 2 points below I would like to add that when we collect for anything other than the upkeep of our church and pastor we do not deliver the money ourselves, to where the need is. We post cheques to organizations (e.g. Leprosy Mission, Barnabas Fund, Christian Aid, Tear Fund etc.) for them to use where most needed. The only times I can think of when we have been more personally involved is when we raised money for a wheelchair (for someone with no connection with our church)
---RitaH on 11/9/07

4 and for a home kidney machine for a neighbour of one of our members. There are times when we can be more 'hands-on' but mainly agencies need our money and we must let those at the source of the need get on and use it wisely. We can't keep going to them to hand it over. As for the greedy pastors - well God will deal with them. The should NEVER be our excuse for not being generous. God knows everyone's hearts, including those of the corrupt and greedy.
---RitaH on 11/9/07

Rita - The issue here is their lavish lifestyle. Benny Hinn has a $10 million house, rolls royce, a leary jet(he said 4 preaching the gospel). so how does buying a leary jet related to the maintenance of the church. is that 'denying yourself, taking up your cross!' the middle of SIN/PRIDE is I. they have an I problem! IS 56:11 they are shephards who lack understanding, they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain!
---kai on 11/8/07

2. There are no other paid staff. A voluntary collection is taken at every service (using a box passed along the rows) for the upkeep of the church & minister's salary. Once a month the offerings are given to missionary work and sometimes we have an extra collection for specific charities. I abhor the idea of numbered envelopes which identify the giver and think that publishing amounts is even worse, but some churches do this.
---RitaH on 11/8/07

I don't see how any church can continue without a cashflow of some kind. Buildings need maintenance, heating, cleaning. Hymn books need replacing etc. Even without any paid staff whatsoever a church (the building I mean) still needs money. The alternative would be to meet in each others homes or in the open air without seats or covering (because those would cost money). The church I attend is very small with a shared minister who IS paid and his home is provided.
---RitaH on 11/8/07

Two men pass by with offering sachets, and those who can give, they give. We use envelopes that has scriptures on them as well as a line for your name, and no they are not numbered. NO, we do not publish the amounts. this should not be done in any church. If anyone wants to know where the money goes, can look at the books without having a meeting. We have nothing to hide. If the Pastor or his wife can't tell you where the money is going, something is wrong in that church/or with them.
---Rebecca_D on 11/7/07

the latest news is a Senator is investigating tele evangelist for their lavish lifestyle. Typical hypocrites! when you ask about self confidence - they will accuse you of Pride & sin or deny yourself & take up your cross. Now these tele evangelist are being questioned about their lavish lifestyle. they are not 'denying themselves & taking up their crosses'. obviously they are pocketing somebody else's money! WAKE UP do not be deceived by their perversion of the book of Malachi.
---kai_shiden on 11/7/07

RitaH, my answer to your question is that any so-called "church" that collects tithes and offrings is not grounded in the Word of God, regardless of how they do it. Giving should be voluntary as one is moved by the Holy Spirit and 100% anonymous. Christians should give to the needy, not the corporate church. It doesn't matter if there are collection plates, a box on the wall, envelopes (numbered or un-numbered) or smething else, these are all perverse practices that need to be purged.
---Ryan_Z on 11/7/07

Ryan Z I am sorry you misunderstood what I said.
I am approachinbg the age of 70.
If I feel called to give some money to feed the hungry the other side of the world, I am not in a position to actually take the cash and hand it to the needy.
So it makes sense to give it to a reputable agency who can use it properly.
One of the ways God guides our actions is to use our common sense, at least I think so.
Incidently I am surprised you thought I was lecturing you.
---alan_of_UK on 11/7/07

Ryan ... perhaps one reason you adopt such hostility to my thoughts is that you do not appreciate that Jesus commanded us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. It is that aspect of His work that I was thinking about.
---a on 11/7/07

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RyanZ, your answer has absolutely nothing to do with the question that I asked. Do you have an answer for me or did you join this blog to provoke an argument? Everyone else has been able to give me their answers, which, I must add are all very interesting.
---RitaH on 11/7/07

#1 alan of U.K. if you live in America and God has called you to feed the hungry in Africa then God will also provide the means for you to do your work in Africa. Or do you lack faith that God can provide the means to do the work He has called them for?
---Ryan_Z on 11/7/07

Both Ryan Z & allan of UK are right. We do not know how our hard earned money is spent or if it is spent properly, that is why he made that kind of statement giving it directly to those who are in need. but the problem is the transporting of the money. that is where charitable inst. comes in but most of the time, how is it spent. CATCH 22
---kai_shiden on 11/7/07

#2 alan of U.K., Please don't bore me with a lecture of how God uses the instrument of the corporate church to do His work to asuage any guilt for people who are not willing to sacrafice. God provided for the Apostle Paul to spread the Gospel through most of Asia Minor, He can do the same today.
---Ryan_Z on 11/7/07

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#3 alan of U.K., If God calls on a man it is not his money that God calls on, it is the man's service that is required. If God wants an American to spread the Gospel in Africa, then the chosen American will do it through the testimony of his service not his pocket book.
---Ryan_Z on 11/7/07

Ryan Z "The money people offer up or tithe would be better spent if it was given directly to those who need it"
Ryan, If you live in America and were led to help feed the hungry in Africa, would you be able to deilver the money direct to them?
---alan_of_UK on 11/7/07

Most churches never tell where the money goes. pastors have exploited the book of malachi to force people to give. And I question how a pastor, who does not have a job, able to buy a house & a luxury car. Ted Haggard's salary was $10,000 a month. Talk about being 'contented, or 'denying themselves & carrying their (pastors) cross.
---kai_shiden on 11/7/07

Robyn "We are never told how much money was raised" Then ask ... if there is no answer, ask why they will not give the figure.
Does the pastor drive an expensive car?
---alan_of_UK on 11/7/07

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I think the entire tithing/offerings system taught in churches world wide is vile. The money people offer up or tithe would be better spent if it was given directly to those who need it.
---Ryan_Z on 11/7/07

My church passes a collection plate, it is totally anonymous. Since it's anonymous, there is no way to publish the names. There is a bulletin board that shows the attendance numbers and amount collected for the prior week.
---Lola on 11/7/07

At our church, everybody puts their tithes in an envelope and then we have to walk up front and put it in a basket.
---lonely_girl on 11/7/07

Blessings to you RitaH, our Church passes around the collection plate as well as numbered envelopes. Yes people can give anonymously. In our Church the amounts given by individuals is not published. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 11/6/07

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I've never been in a church where it wasn't anonymous.
---Andrea on 11/6/07

We don't collect tithes, only gifts and offerings. The Levitical priesthood has been abolished along with the law of titheing. See Heb.7. We do, however, have a box for gifts and offerings that people can give into at their own free will, and we do teach that giving is Scriptural. Everything is anonymous unless someone wants a tax deductible receipt, in which case those offerings are marked down by the treasurer but never disclosed to anyone.
---john on 11/6/07

We use envelopes which I detest.Everyone march around and drop the money into large baskets. There are several baskets that are used for this purpose. Sometimes special offerings,pledges are asked for. We are never told how much money was raised. Never!
---Robyn on 11/6/07

I was in a church where they had a box at the altar for tithes. I think they were putting it there to promote tithing. Then the pastor was screaming about how ones were not obeying this. Then they found out a minister's son had been reaching through the hole and harvesting the tithes. So, after all, people had been doing what the pastor had said, more than he realized.
---Bill_bila5659 on 11/6/07

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