Why does my pledge matter?
Pledging is a way of saying "I'm in! I want to partner with what God is doing in and through my church family." Additionally, there are several opportunities for growth that Trinity would like to initiate in 2018 which can only happen if a tangible increase in giving occurs during the year.
Can I change my pledge?
Yes — we do not want anyone to feel limited to only giving the amount he/she pledges. Trinity does not treat pledges as legally binding and pledges can be changed throughout the year.
Is my giving important even if I don't pledge?
Yes! Every dollar counts. A significant portion of the income which Trinity relies on to meet its budget is "un-pledged." That being said, 2018 pledges will drive some key decisions on new initiatives so please pledge if you are able to.
THE TITHE CHALLENGE:
The Bible asks us to give our first and our best back to God in response to all that He has lavishly poured out through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we do so, Scripture tells us that He will take care of the rest. We return to the Lord 10% of what He's given us because it belongs to Him.
If you're not tithing already, a great way to start is through the “Tithe Challenge” based on on promise of God in Malachi 3:10b
“Test Mme 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 enough room to store it.”
Why not make 2018 the year when you take up the Tithe Challenge? Trust God with the first 10% of your income and see what He does.
If you are embarking on the Tithe Challenge for the very first time, we would love to encourage and equip you with resources throughout the year. Be sure to mark the “I am / we are taking the Tithe Challenge” box on your pledge card.
THE TIMING CHALLENGE:
Proverbs 3:9 encourages us to “honor the Lord with [our] wealth, with the first fruits of [our] crops,” meaning the primary and choicest of our possessions. God has modeled “first fruits” by giving us His Son, Jesus Christ.
As a church we continually encounter a year-end “faith gap” in our finances. What would it look like if, as a community, we committed to giving from our “first fruits” (i.e. giving as soon as we receive our income and thereby eliminating the year-end gap and the uncertainty that surrounds it)?
If your income is bonus-based: Please pray and consider giving from your bonus as soon as it is paid this year. With many bonuses being paid in the first quarter, you may wish to give right now along with your pledge card.
If your income is steady/annualized: It has never been easier to remember to give! We know that between paying bills, running errands, and remembering birthdays and anniversaries giving can easily get put on the back burner and we want to help! You can automate your giving in two minutes here.
What is a “tithe”?
In Scripture the tithe literally means “ten percent,” and we are called to give “at least the first 10% of everything to God”. The New Testament teaches that we should give as we are “able and even beyond [our] ability” (2 Corinthians 8:3). Therefore, the tithe (10%) is seen as a kind of minimum guideline for giving. The tithe is expressly an act of worship to God and, in that sense, it is different from all other kinds of charitable giving (which are given for a wide variety of reasons/motivations).
Is the tithe 10% of my gross or net income?
Scripture encourages us to give from our “first fruits” (Exodus 23:16 & 19; Proverbs 3:9), meaning that the goal is to give to God before we pay other expenses.
What if I can’t afford to tithe right now?
There are different seasons in our financial lives and, in any stage, generosity requires prayerful and thoughtful planning so as to give without neglecting our legal and/or personal financial obligations. For some people, 10% is too low a starting point. For others, giving even 5% is a sacrifice.
If ten percent is financially unachievable for you right now we encourage you to:
- Pray. Ask God what He is calling you to give.
- Set tithing as a longer-term generosity goal.
- Get as close to 10% as you are able.
- Start! The first step can be the hardest. See what God will do as you step out in faith.
Where should my giving go? Should my whole tithe be given to Trinity?
Our Christian giving is always an act of worship to God, given through His people. Scripture encourages us to give to the local Christian community in which we invest and where others invest in us. For most of us this means that the majority of our Christian giving should be directed toward the local church.
How should married couples think about tithing/giving?
For married couples, we know that you will likely come to a decision together about financial giving. We also know that it can be challenging to come to a joint conclusion. Where possible, we encourage every couple to prayerfully discuss and consider this together. Those prayers and discussions themselves can be occasions for blessing and growth, whatever the financial outcome of the conversation. Most importantly, we hope you will find peace with each other as you go through this important time of discovery and generosity.
When I give to Trinity, where does my giving go?
Financial giving to Trinity contributes toward our Annual Ministry Plan, which includes our Sunday worship services, midweek groups and programs, and outreach to our local and global community. The Trinity leadership places great emphasis on being good stewards of the resources given to the church, and continually seeks to use them for the glory of God and for meeting the needs in our church and community.