The question of “Ok, so what am I supposed to give?” is probably the most common question we receive when it comes to giving. It is also a completely fair and understandable question. Therefore, we have set out to provide simple yet profound direction in this regard.
Through our research we believe that Pastor Andy Stanley’s teaching on giving has 4 core principals that provide great guidance on how Christians should approach giving.
These principals are referred to as the “4 P’s”:
Priority: Give first. Save second. Live on the rest. This means pay God first. Make giving the #1 priority in your budget every month. This can be simplified greatly by setting up a giving schedule on-line.
Percentage: Pick a percentage of your income that you will prioritize to God each month and give it consistently.
Progressive: As you continue to build trust in God that your needs will be provided for, continue to challenge the percentage of your income you are prioritizing for God. We believe that this is a catalyst for growth in faith and suggest that you do this at least annually.
Prompted: This means that we should be prepared to give above and beyond our normal prioritized giving when prompted by the Holy Spirit.
The follow-up question we naturally then receive is, “Ok, but what percentage of my income am I to prioritize?”
This is also a fair question.
Biblical scripture on tithing teaches us 10% as a target. We suggest that you begin there to gauge your readiness, pray and ask God for wisdom. If that is too daunting of a starting point, we suggest that you first prioritize at a lower percentage and progress as you continue to gain comfort in God’s provision. If that is not a daunting starting point, we suggest that you follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting for a good starting point.
The bottom line is start somewhere and commit to having a progressive mindset on giving.
One of the questions we challenge our people with is this: “If everyone at Mission gave the percentage that you gave, would this increase our church’s impact or decrease our church’s impact?”