Who Should We Give To?
major portion of one's tithe/offerings should always go to
the Christian organization that most nourishes that individual
spiritually. Paul said that the church is the mother of us
all, i.e. our spiritual Mom. God is our Father in heaven who
begot us. We were born-again into the church, the body of
Christ. We each have different Mom's in the sense that some
of us were born into different Christian churches than others.
So whoever was or is currently functioning as your spiritual
Mom, providing weekly nourishment through a pastor and church
services, Bible studies, prayer-meetings etc., that is the
Christian organization that should receive the major portion
of your tithe/offerings.
As mentioned before, a whole host of quality Christian evangelical
and teaching ministries have sprung up around the world, and
a lot of them are non-denominational or inter-denominational.
They all serve to spread the gospel and help nourish and disciple
Christians around the world. As such, they also are worthy
of our financial attention as well as our prayers. So a Christian
should also consider donating a smaller portion of his or
her tithe/offerings (I would say no more than one third) to
a worthy Christian evangelical or teaching ministry that benefits
the whole body of Christ across denominational lines. [i.e.
I donate about 12 dollars a week to the JESUS Film Project,
and the rest of my tithe/offering goes to the church I attend.]
George Mueller set this example for us by donating a portion
of the funds given to him for his Christian work and orphan
houses, and he donated it to qualified Christian evangelical
and teaching ministries. To name just a few that I have come
across that are reputable and worthy in both these categories:
- EVANGELISM: Campus Crusade for Christ
International's JESUS Film Project (http://www.jesusfilm.org/easygift).
On this site, log onto "What is Evangelism?" and then onto
the article "The JESUS Film Project" to learn more about
this Christian evangelical organization that is spreading
the gospel around the world in a highly effective manner,
and totally non-denominationally. Many Christian churches
and denominations now support this worthy organization,
and many Christian churches are being planted around the
world as a direct result of their efforts coupled to the
Lord's massive calling of people through the JESUS film.
Their address is THE JESUS FILM PROJECT, PO BOX 628222,
ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32862-9841. To learn more from them click
on the above hypertext.
- CHRISTIAN VERSION OF C.A.R.E.: Samaritan's
Purse. Online: http://www.samaritanspurse.org .
"To learn more about this incredible work of Christian caring
and evangelism log onto their site, email them and ask if
they could send you Franklin Graham's autobiography, which
will thoroughly describe this work of God and how it got
started." To read an interesting description of what Samaritan's
Purse is all about CLICK
- Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 3202 Redlands, CA
92373-0998. For a description of this group that assists
and supplies evangelists in remote parts of the world, click
on "What is Evangelism?" and then on "Mission Aviation Fellowship".
They are a small group that has a far-reaching effect on
evangelism. To visit MAF online, log onto: http://www.maf.org
- Gospel For
- TEACHING MINISTRIES: Dr. Charles Stanley's
InTouch Ministries, P.O. Box 7900, Atlanta, Georgia 30357.
. An example of his work can be read in the section "What
is Prayer?", article "Learning to Pray The Bible Way." The
aim of his ministry is to help pastors and their congregations
grow by providing quality Christian growth resources (just
like this website, but he has far more to offer!). "Our
Mission Is To Lead People Into A Growing Relationship With
Jesus Christ And To Strengthen The Local Church." Not
a bad mission, Dr. Stanley.
- The Word For Today, PO Box 8000, Costa Mesa, California
92628. Online http://www.thewordfortoday.org .
(This is the Christian resource ministry of the Calvary
- Sister-Church Links:
1. Southeast Asia, Africa
we see that other than the churches and denominations we belong
to that should be receiving the major portion of our tithe/offerings,
there are deserving quality Christian organizations that one
can and should give a smaller portion of those tithe/offerings
to. As George Mueller stated, such organizations, like the
few listed above, should be wholly and completely run and
founded by Christians, and they should believe and teach the
gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are plenty of small Christian teaching ministries that
are also worthy of our support, but often go unnoticed. There
is nothing wrong with giving a smaller portion of your tithe/offerings
to these as well. The ultimate choice is yours. The body of
Christ is starting to move and function inter-denominationally
and the flow of funding is vital to the Work Jesus is now
performing through these varied works of his. Don't miss out
on the opportunity to serve and assist the Works Jesus is
doing around the world. Let God's Spirit and Word be your
guide. I have noticed that some of these organizations (unlike
the principles of George Mueller), have to advertise their
needs amongst other Christians and Christian groups to obtain
sufficient funding. This is not wrong and probably necessary
because they are not a denomination or church with a wide
base of givers supporting them. Their asking is essential
to the furtherance of the works the Lord is working through
them, and should not to be confused with the grabbing attitude
displayed by less than reputable televangelists who ask and
beg the public for money. [ABOUT THIS SITE: GOALS & NEEDS]