Published by Brian Slezak on 15 Nov 2010
Over the years in my position at Church of the Resurrection I have come across some interesting facts that I felt were worth sharing. I wanted to start with a piece of wisdom from the FPU program (highly recommended) combined with the patterns of giving I’ve witnessed from my chair at Resurrection. Dave Ramsey [of FPU] says if you wish to be wealthy then adopt the habits of wealthy people or “do what rich people do.” Starting from that philosophy and applying that to the extremely consistent pattern of donors at Resurrection I can say, “when determining your tithe or regular offering to the church, estimate your pledge conservatively and give generously.”
Year over year those giving the most per household overpay their pledge by a surprising amount. Most likely this is because these families conservatively estimate their pledging and manage their funds very closely. Also a factor is the uncertainty in variable annual salaries, yet people pledge conservatively not liberally. I can say in my everyday personal finances I estimate conservatively and am always surprised by how much is left over, almost as though it were above what was possible. Luke 12:42-44
Year over year those giving the least to the church underpay their pledge. Lack of money management is a prime suspect but also likely are those that do not have a spirit of giving and thus no drive to reach their target.
Although not surprising to me, I am fascinated how clearly the scriptures explain these patterns.
For those who have will be given more, and they will have an abundance. As for those who do not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25:29
Those that steward their resources wisely will find they always have more than they need, and those that do not will seem to have less than they need.