One of the most influential churches in Denver, Colorado Community, is pastored by Robert Gilinas. Robert is a board member at KBM and has had articles in magazines like Relevant and Leadership. One of the things that impressed me at his church was the way that they handled tithe. It is not "THE WAY" but it is a way. They have what they call a 5+5 giving strategy. Below is a blurb from their website:
We have adopted a unique concept for financial aid to mission organizations and to both short-term and career missionaries, geared to maximizing individual financial and hands-on participation.
* Provisionally - You Give
The 5 + 5 concept name is derived from the idea that people will give 5% of their income to the church operating budget and 5% to missions, for a total equal to a nominal tithe of 10%. The church encourages individuals to select the ministries and missionaries they want to contribute to, and then go directly to them with their financial support.
* Personally - You Go
The church encourages individuals to select the ministries and missionaries they want to personally support. Ideally volunteer time would be a minimum 5 hours a month... 80 minutes a week.
* Prayerfully - You Pray
Using this strategy, we believe that people will be more involved in missions personally, financially and prayerfully.
Jess and I have adopted this strategy because of the numerous things happening in the world that we want to be a part of. I know that some churches may not agree with this philosophy so it may be wise to talk to a church leader before adopting it as your philosophy. Take it or leave it...