They Think They’re Tithing, but Are They Really?

“Based on your giving last year . . .

. . . I’m guessing you make about $6K per year.”

Said no pastor ever.

As church leaders, we want to see our churches healthy and thriving, but there are some conversations we’re just never going to have. We’re not going to dig in on people’s salaries, we’re not going to nitpick their giving habits, and we’re going to stop ourselves from making assumptions about financial situations when we don’t have all the details. We can all agree these are not the most endearing ways to teach biblical stewardship. 

But the reality is there are probably a decent number of regular attendees in our churches who may believe they’re tithing but are actually giving well below what they intend to give. And as pastors and church leaders (and whether or not we hold to the tithe), we have an obligation to teach and shepherd the flock toward healthy stewardship of God’s resources.

Sacrificial giving isn’t only about helping churches reach their giving and ministry goals (though that’s part of it). It’s about inviting people to join the work God is doing by financially supporting it—or to put it another way, making their financial priorities match their spiritual ones. 

So, aside from preaching faithfully on this topic, what else can churches do to help encourage healthy stewardship?

Faithlife’s Giving Calculator is here to have the awkward stewardship conversation for you

One option is to use smart tools that help nudge your congregation in the right direction. 

With Faithlife Giving—included with Servant Keeper church management software from Faithlife—your congregation can set up recurring gifts (so they never miss a gift). Plus, they can also use the Giving Calculator to hold themselves accountable to what they say they want to be giving.

Faithlife’s Giving Calculator is designed to inspire generosity by helping your congregation do three things:

  1. See what they’re really giving
    They’ll get a beautifully designed visual view into their giving over time in one simple chart.
  2. Set personal giving goals
    They’ll be able to use the Goal Calculator to calculate what percent of their annual salary they’re currently giving and how much they’d like to be giving.
  3. Learn more about financial stewardship
    They can quickly access blog posts, ebooks, Scripture references, and other resources to dig deeper into the principles of biblical stewardship.

Pretty cool, right? Imagine how this tool could help increase giving and generosity in your church. Want to learn more? Check out the Giving Calculator page, or get started with Servant Keeper + Faithlife Giving today.

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Faithlife Staff

Faithlife (makers of Logos Bible Software) is the largest developer of Bible study software and a worldwide leader in multilingual electronic publishing. Faithlife partners with more than 500 publishers to make more than 120,000 Bible study resources available to customers around the world. Faithlife also offers a range of ministry, communication, and management tools for churches.

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