Start Tithing and
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me 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 room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.
— Malachi 3:10-11 —
Watch Rev. David Walter’s message about why the Bible tells Christians to tithe.
90-Day Tithe Challenge
Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2021
We want to challenge you to start tithing, and see God begin blessing your life as you commit to healthy financial stewardship.
How? We’re asking you to commit to take 10% of your total income for the next 90 days and give it to God through the church.
Who? Tithing is God’s plan for every follower of Christ. However, the 90-Day Tithe Challenge is for individuals or families that have not been actively tithing. Tithing is 10% of your income, not just regular or spontaneous giving in the church offering.
When? The 90-Day Tithe Challenge begins Oct. 1, 2021 and ends Dec. 31, 2021. During that time, you will faithfully tithe 10% of your income, and at the end of 90 days you will have another 15 days to request a full refund.
Why? The only thing in the Bible that God says to test Him on is tithing. We believe in it so strongly that we want to give you the opportunity to take God at His Word. God promises to take care of your financial needs when you trust Him by giving Him the first 10%.
Then what? We understand that giving away 10% of your income can be a big — and often frightening — commitment! That’s why we created the 90-Day Tithe Challenge: a money-back guarantee of sorts. Essentially, it’s a contract based on the promises of God in Malachi 3:10-11. We commit to you that, if you tithe for three months and God doesn’t hold true to His promises of blessings, we will refund 100% of your tithe. No questions asked.
Sign up for the 90-Day Tithe Challenge below.
Or print the Commitment Form and fill it out. Place your printed Commitment Form in the basket in the Resource Room on Sunday morning.
Still have questions? Click here to read the FAQs.
You’ve Got Questions?
We’ve Got Answers!
What is tithing?
The word “tithe” is derived from the Hebrew word “ma’aser,” and it literally means a tenth.
10% of everything belongs to the Lord. In Malachi 3:10-11, God says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house.” The storehouse is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament church. As New Testament believers, we worship the Lord with the tithe, or the 10%.
What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?
The tithe is 10% of your income. God says that He has given us all that we own, that the first 10% is dedicated to Him, and that we are to be faithful in “bringing the tithe.” An offering is any generous giving that you do over and above your tithe. While your tithe is designated for the local church, an offering is for you to be generous wherever you see a need.
Many followers of Christ confuse giving regularly with tithing. While giving regularly is highly commendable and a big step in and of itself, tithing is taking a full 10% of your paycheck and giving it to the local church in order to be an important part of building God’s Kingdom.
How do I participate in the 90-Day Tithe Challenge?
The first step is to sign up. By signing up, you let us know your intent to participate, so we can keep your finances separate from the church’s main funds. It also gives us your agreement to the terms and conditions of the 90-Day Tithe Challenge.
Once you’re signed up, you need to specify that the donation is a part of the challenge. You can do this by consistently writing “90-Day Tithe Challenge” on your check for the duration of the challenge. If you are donating cash, you will need to designate the challenge on the offering envelope. Make sure you also clearly write your name on the envelope to ensure proper credit.
The last step is to take a full 10% of your income at each paycheck and give it by any of our giving methods.
How will you keep track of my tithe?
Alpharetta Methodist carefully and confidentially tracks each gift in order to provide each donor with an end of the year report on their contributions. However, when you sign up for the 90-Day Tithe Challenge, all donations that you tithe in the 3-month period will be stored separately from the main church operating funds. Instead, the donations will be in a designated fund and will remain there for 15 days following the end of the 3-month period. After 15 days, the funds will be moved to the operating fund. Please feel free to call or email the church for more information on your tithe.
What are the benefits of tithing?
Tithing carries multiple facets that will benefit your life. First, God commands it. When we take God at His word, we are using faith, and faith can move mountains. God promises to “open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on you.” In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us that, if we look after God’s Kingdom first, He will provide for our physical needs.
Also, in the United States, when you give to a not-for-profit organization (like Alpharetta Methodist), you receive a tax benefit. At the end of the year, Alpharetta Methodist will provide you with records of the total amount you have contributed. When you file your taxes, your charitable donations are tax deductible.
And last, but not least, when you decide to become a percentage giver, you create margin in your life. By choosing to live on a lesser percentage of your income, when difficult situations and circumstances arise, that margin will carry you through.
Where does my money go?
Alpharetta Methodist is 100% supported through your tithes and offerings. As we approach each new year and carefully and prayerfully develop our budget, we are looking through the eyes of faith into what we feel God wants us, as a church, to accomplish for Him. With new opportunities for ministry, we have new opportunities to touch lives and to build His Kingdom.
Alpharetta Methodist is growing towards a tithe of all of its income by giving to local, regional and global outreach organizations.
Should I give while I’m trying to get out of debt?
Yes! This may sound irrational, because getting out of debt should be one of the highest priorities in your financial planning, but by obeying God first in your finances, we believe that God will supernaturally revolutionize your financial situation. Since getting out of debt is all about discipline, just think of the benefits of developing a financial plan that includes God’s prescribed discipline of faithful percentage giving!