Giving to the church can be a touchy subject. While most of your flock may be already familiar with the concept of tithing, it’s common for pastors or leaders to find themselves reluctant to ask. There is already so many financial burdens their flock is responsible for and asking for help may feel like the last thing you want to do.
To give you more confidence when asking for donations, let’s go back to the Scriptures and see what they have to say about the topic of Giving. Perhaps there are certain mindsets you need to overcome. Or maybe, you just need new inspiration to encourage your church to give. Whatever the reason, here are 10 top Scriptures that will help you on this topic:
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Encourage your flock to see how giving starts with the Lord. He puts it in our hearts to help each other, like a close-knit family would.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Modern sacrifices mean the giving up, or the foregoing of certain pleasures. It may feel like a sacrifice to give—especially when you don’t have much in the first place—but this is the true spirit of giving.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
Tithing goes way back to the Old Testament. People did it to show their loyalty to God, and support the priests and servants of the Lord. In return, God promised them such a bountiful harvest. Encourage your ministry leaders that giving to the Lord always has its rewards, either physically or spiritually.
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
The story of the Widow’s mite is a beautiful example of the kind of giving God is most pleased with. It doesn’t matter how much you give—it matters how meaningful your gifts are.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
The wealthier members of your church can also set a good example with their giving. If you feel like they would rather give donations anonymously, a Giving App can help to make the process easy.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
No one should ever feel forced to give. The Apostle Paul makes it clear in this Scripture. If it is not done with genuine love, it is not true giving.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
Again, the difference in abundance we can experience depends on our capacity to give and share.
… Freely you have received; freely give.
Giving does not always have to be financial. Volunteers give their time; members of the church can organize swaps, or barters, if some folks prefer to give of their blessings in this way.
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Although there are spiritual rewards for giving, teach your church members early on that this should not be the incentive.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The purpose of a pastor is to continually lead his or her flock to the “treasures in Heaven”. Thus, by setting an example of priorities, your fellowships can become inspirational places of worship. Resist the urge to promote commercial, materialistic, or financial gain. Any fundraising you do should not be an opportunity for the wealthier to “show off”. Rather, a time of unity, where all can come together and be blessed by the act of giving.
For more ideas for motivational Bible Studies, church activities, and holiday-themed programs, or how to get started with digital solutions for giving, check out our donation management software and the New Fire blog.