"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." —Hebrews 12:1
The names and numbers are hypothetical, but the situations may be similar to your own. Each scenario illustrates how an individual or family can take the next step on the Giving Ladder, and shows how their FORWARD commitment card would be completed.
FIRST TIME GIVER: Joseph is a new believer. He is a college student and earns most of his income during holidays and summer break, so he can’t give every week, but he is excited about what God is doing in his life and wants to start giving. He was encouraged to hear that he can give online using his smart phone! He
has decided to move up the Giving Ladder directly to a Percentage giver by committing 5% of his $8,000 annual income ($400/year) to FORWARD.
CONSISTENT GIVER (gives weekly or monthly): Rebecca likes giving to the church, especially when she really enjoys the worship service; she just doesn’t do it consistently. She feels led to cut back on some spending and be more intentional about giving. Her plan is to increase this year’s giving of $800 by another $1,540, bringing her to $2,340/year ($45/week). She is going to set up an automatic weekly gift through Christ UMC’s new online giving system to help her keep up with her goal. She has also decided to buy a less expensive car than the one she was saving for next year, and to make an additional gift of $1,000 from the savings.
PERCENTAGE GIVER (gives a percentage of income, but less than 10%): Tom and Sarah give regularly when they attend worship services each week. They have a combined income of $140,000 and give $450/month ($5,400/year). They recently took a Biblical financial class and learned about the Biblical concept of first fruits and giving a percentage of their income. They are hesitant to move up the Giving Ladder all the way to Tithing (10%) in one year, so they have decided to start with 7% ($9,800/year), and plan to move to 10% in two years. Tom has also decided to sell the boat that he doesn’t have time to use much anymore, and to donate the proceeds, which he expects to be about $15,000.
TITHING GIVER (gives 10% of income): Carlos and Sandra give 6% of their $100,000 combined income ($6,000/year). They know about tithing from friends at church who have told them stories of God’s provision and blessings. After praying about their FORWARD commitment, they have decided to move up the Giving Ladder and begin tithing by giving $10,000/year. They also have stock that has increased in value to $25,000, and intend to take advantage of the favorable tax treatment by donating the stock directly to the church.