Offering money, gifts, time and prayer for the church have always been a way for believers to worship God and sacrifice for him. Recognizing that the local congregation cannot function without these offerings, I believe it is both the responsibility and joy of a Christian to give what he or she can as often as he or she can. Nevertheless, I also know that money is often a sensitive issue, so I seek to avoid undue pressure or manipulation when giving and when asking people to give and support ministry. As such, I will not usually pass an offering plate during services but rather have several giving stations in the sanctuary that people are invited to visit and contribute as they desire or feel lead. We want people to give out of their desire to bless and support us, not because they feel inappropriate pressure.
While all gifts are welcome, the primary responsibility for giving rests on those individuals and families who call our church “home.” The biblical model of giving in the Old Testament was 10% in support of the local synagogue/ church. In the New Testament, Jesus said that he came not to overturn the Law, but to fulfill it. As such, in Christ’s teaching he elevates the standard in almost every category, and we have no reason to think that he would except the notion of the giving of resources. In fact, in the Book of Acts, we see the early Christians giving well above and beyond the old standard of 10%. I encourage those who are part of the Christian community to also give generously.