Should You Give To Your Church?

United States
January 13, 2009 7:42pm CST
In a time of morale crisis many people and Christians turn to the church for guidance and help, and many of these church goers pay their dues each time they visit their congregation. Who can you turn to when you or a family member is in a financial crisis? There are many churches willing to help needy members, and then there are many churches that will not give you the time of day when a person needs financial support. Once a church is established where do the other profits go?
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
14 Jan 09
I'm sorry but I don't believe in giving money to a church or the pastor of a church. I don't believe God approves of it. Jesus made it very plain when he sent the Apostles out there was to be no money involved in his church. If we just would we could do anything we need to and serve God without a cent to our name. I believe it's wrong for a pastor of a church to be paid and if it is wrong then you are wrong to put your money before him. If you want to Give something in Gods name there is no shortage of hungry mothers and little children out there you can help. The next time you lay down and cover up in your nice soft warm bed take a couple of minutes and think about how many little kids there are out there that are cold and hungry. That will tell you who you need to be helping. Grown men are not the only ones that are homeless living on the streets, sleeping under bridges and eating out of garbage cans. Art
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• United States
15 Jan 09
I don't think that you "have" to give it to your church. It should go where your heart leads it. But, we are suppose to give it on faith. The money you give to your church should end up were it is needed - NOT your pastor.
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
14 Jan 09
I just believe in the basic principle of charity. Giving to a church is good but helping others we meet daily is better. Give to those who have less than you. God does reward us for our actions on His behalf.
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• United States
14 Jan 09
I thank everyone who has commented on this discussion, all of the responses are positive and are great.
@artguy (1476)
• United States
14 Jan 09
If a church uses the money they get to help people I think that's okay. But I see most preachers using the money to get new cars and big homes while taking money from people who can barely pay their bills. The thing is Jesus didn't ask for money for his teachings and he walked to place to to teach the word of God most of the time.
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Also when Jesus sent the 12 Apostles out to establish his church He instructed then to not even take any money with them. Jesus didn't want the continuation of his church to depend on money. But that is exactly where we are now. Most churches now have loans on them with some bank. If the money supply dries up the banks lock will be on the doors of a lot of the churches. I don't think this is what Jesus had in mind. Art
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Church expenses are pastors and church workers salary, upkeep of the building, utility bills of church facilities, mission work, church project, etc. So the church do have expenses of its own to take care of. In our church if there is a member who is in dire need the church leaders pitch in to help and is announce to the congregation anonymously that a member is in need. Whoever want to donate will donate and will reach the brother or sister in need.
• United States
15 Jan 09
Amen!
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
As a little knowledge I know about where the profit goes in our church. I know they need to pay the bills like water, electricity, telephone and maintenance of the church to make it always clean. They have too pay those people who work in our church. The other was they have to buy their needs whenever they have masses like the flowers and those things that priest need in the altar. There are lots to funds for them. And it was depends on the parishioners who gives. In our church there are few who give the best amount and it will depend on how many parishioners are there in one parish. The populations number.
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• Philippines
14 Jan 09
I think churches objective in giving their money donated from people or those who keep a system of giving like tithing thing, is obviously given for other things that need attention. I would love to give to my church, in fact those who believe in giving such as myself, isn't a hard thing to do. But definitely, I would only give to my church, not just to any charities whatsoever.
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
14 Jan 09
The best thing to do is ask what charities the church you are interested in attending supports. If they do not support the ones you think they should, try to sway them to your way of thinking or look for another church. All churches also have their own overhead and upkeep so you have to keep that in mind. Some of the donated money has to go to that. Shalom~Adoniah
@sassy28 (835)
• United States
15 Jan 09
There are not many profits in most churches. There are always needs for repairs, supplies, day to day expenses. Our church is great, once a quarter a special offering is taken up for needs of the church members or people in the community that need help. We lost our business several years ago to a fire, our church family was there with money, food and people to help clean up and rebuild. Our pastor makes less than 30,000 a year. If you consider that they are on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week that is not much. He drives an old truck. He struggles just like to rest of us with living expenses. It may take some time and visiting different churches but you can find ones that still have morals and love.
• United States
15 Jan 09
I have worked on the budget team at our church. I can tell you that only a small portion of it goes to the pastor.
• United States
15 Jan 09
The Bible says that we should give 10%. Giving is a personal thing, it is your choice of what you give. There are many expenses in running the church and not everyone can give. You SHOULD be able to turn to your church when in need. That is in the Bible too.
@silverjam (969)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Am not really sure as what you really want to ask or emhpasized in your discussion; is it about the curch not helping people in need?, is about the money/profit the church is having? or is is it about giving or not any amount to the church as what I basically understand as the title of your discussion. I'd like to ask this specifically before making any responses.....honestly am quite confused so can you make it a little clearer?