Tithing is something that wasn't really stressed as I was growing up in the church. Oh, every so often the pastor would have a sermon on the importance of giving...usually right around the time that the church's yearly budget needed to be balanced. But, I pretty much grew up with the 'give what you can when you can' mindset.
It wasn't until I married my husband that I really took a close look at the idea of tithing. It was something that he had learned and considered very important. As a married couple we made the decision to tithe and, as hard as it is to write that check sometimes, we have seen God's faithfulness and provision over the years.
But, this isn't a diatribe on whether or not you should tithe. I believe it is something that each family needs to prayerfully consider and then move in the way God is guiding you. But, I do have a question for those of you who do tithe.
My husband has always felt very strongly that the full tithe should go to your home church, the church you are a part of. Any other giving (to missions, to charities, etc.) should be in addition to the tithe.
I sometimes feel like, after our tithe and our bills we have very little left over for additional giving. There was one year that we were able to give generously to a couple ministries near and dear to our hearts. But, typically we haven't been able to do that.
I have suggested splitting our tithe check....giving half to our church and half to various ministries. My husband isn't comfortable with this. I know ultimately this is an issue that my husband and I need to work through with God's guidance. Bu, I am curious about how other tithers handle this.
So, if you are a tither and you are willing to share, could you tell me a little about what your family does?