Barriers to Generosity: Too Much Tithing?


Jeff Anderson challenges us to think beyond tithing and to consider how we can grow in our giving journey.

That’s right. Too much tithing can stunt your growth as a giver (and the other givers in your church).

I had a conversation about tithing with my grandfather when he was 82 years old. He had tithed faithfully his entire adult life. But no one ever challenged him to think beyond 10% giving. As a result, he never grew into his full giving ability. This is a shame because Grandpa had a heart for God. He likely would have embraced the challenge if given an example to follow.

Too often the church is focused on the 90+% who give 2% or less of their income to the Kingdom. I believe Jesus wants to challenge the 5% who tithe as well.

For some folks, tithing may not even be considered "acceptable." Jesus called the rich farmer a fool. It was not because he was not a giver at all.  He may have been a giver in some way…maybe even a tither. We don't know for sure. But his folly was that he was not “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21).

Tithing can be good for you, and your church. It has helped many people grow in their generosity. And it’s a wonderful practice for church funding. But it can also stand in its way by limiting our gifts.

As a church, if we are not encouraging all of our people in the giving journey – even the tithers—we can stunt the growth of many willing disciples…and even worse, the Church at large.

How about you? What’s been your experience with tithing?

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