My Bishop blogs. I didn’t think I would ever be able to say that, but, here we are. A recent post includes three points Bishop Lowry attributes to Rev. Ronnie Yow in an address on “new ministry in new ways.” Rev. Yow says these three things are important:
- Dead worship will not bring anybody to Christ.
- No pay, no say – if you are not tithing you should not have a say in the direction the church is taking.
- The reason this church is dying is that pastors don’t know how to pray.
For now, I want to tackle only the second of these “nuggets” (Lowry’s word). I have these two questions:
- Should pastors know the giving commitments of church members
- How do you know if someone else is tithing?
I have heard lots of discussion both ways on question 1, and I believe pastors ought indeed to know what folks commit to giving.
The second question is more difficult, though, unless contributors also submit tax forms with pledge cards. I am pretty sure that the majority of church folk (in every church I’ve been a part of) do not tithe.
How different would the leadership of your church look if only tithers were allowed? And again I come back to: how do you know who is and who isn’t tithing?