As the resident “church junkie,” most of you know that I’ve been around churches for a long time. And as such, I’ve heard some startling statistics about most Christians’ participation and contribution. According to the Barna Group, fewer than 10% of “born again” Christians give 10% to their Church (read the article here). Even more surprising from this research is 28, that those who do contribute are generally not considered “well off.” Those who contribute are those who, by all logical reasons, shouldn’t!
I was always told that 10% of the congregation gave 90% of the finances and did 90% of the work. Other pastor’s have told me that they operate with even less contribution and help.
Before I continue, let me state for the record that I do not believe that the NT mandates tithing, especially in regards to Justification. Yet I find ample evidence that Christians are mandated to generously support the work of the ministry. Dr. Sam Storms has an excellent article on the topic (found here). So, in order to be clear, I do not believe Christians are obligated to give the strict 10% tithe of the Old Testament Law. I believe they are “obligated” to generously give, which seems to require more than 10%, but I suppose that depends on how one defines the word “generous.” And for clarification purposes, it would seem to me that the minimum that a Christian would contribute would be 10% due to its Old Testament background.
So we’re told, by various research groups, that most people do not contribute – both financially and in the work of the Kingdom. I kind of view this from different perspectives: