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Do You Automate Your Tithing?

I'm curious to hear from readers who have set-up automatic tithing. My husband and I go back and forth on this (usually after doing our taxes and finding inconsistencies). What are the pros and cons?

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Taxes

I decided in church yesterday that whatever money I saved from my taxes because of the recently passed tax law I will donate to the church. Any joiners?

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Response to Climate Change Article

I just read this week's CRC Communications email and the link to Dave Schelhass' article in The Des Moines Register. I would like to point out to Dave and others that by combining several separate phrases from the CRCNA "official position" he reads into the statement some boldness to statements that were intentionally left ambiguous and nuanced. I think as an english professor he knows that, and he should know better than to do so in a public article that can't easily be clarified. I was on that advisory committee at Synod 2012 and we were quite careful with our wording. I just went back to...
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The Answer to Your Church Foundation Challenge

If you're like me, your church holds a special place in your life. Perhaps you or your children were maried there, children or grandchildren baptized there. When you think about it, many activities have positively impacted the life of your family at church. Having said that, do you know there is a way for you as a church member to continue to "love" your church beyond your lifetime? If you'd like to learn how planned gifts can benefit your church through a foundation, tune into a free, 1-hour webinar on Thurs., Aug. 18 (noon EST). Click here for more info or to register.
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Gifts and Abilities

Thinking about how to engage or empower your members for ministry -- utilizing their gifts? Check out Sheri's blog post, " Members Using Their Gifts " on the Church Administration forum.
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Church budgets

What are the challenges to giving when the total church budget is divided by the number of families in the congregation?
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Spreading a Vision for Biblical Stewardship in an Uncertain Economy

How do you spread a vision of biblical stewardship in an uncertain economy? This is the question we get from churches quite frequently. In response, I’m happy to tell you about a new stewardship webinar series. The first in a 3-part series, “5 Keys to a More Generous Church,” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 28 (12pm ET). This one-hour webinar will give you a roadmap for creating a thriving stewardship culture in your church. Barnabas Foundation church Stewardship Consultants, Rodger Rice and Rick Droog, will share their first-hand experience with churches and what produces results!...
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Congregational Stewardship = Team Work

"Encouraging stewardship is the task of all leaders in the church", according to Robert C. Heerspink in his book, Firstfruits: A Stewardship Guide for Church Leaders . The enthusiastic, well-informed efforts of the leadership team (pastor, elders, deacons) will help members catch the stewardship vision of joyful, generous giving. Looking for "food for thought"? Currently, there is great reading about steward leadership on other areas of the CRC Network. Check out " Budget Crunch, Money and the Holy Life " in the Elder forum and " Money and Ministries of Mercy " on the Deacon forum.
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Should parents give cash to adult kids?

In the best-selling book The Millionaire Next Door, the authors studied the impact of gifts of cash to children in their 30s and 40s. The essence of their research was that for most children, gifts of cash are typically spent...and those who received cash gifts actually had less in savings by retirement age than those who received no gifts. (Source: Crescendo Interactive) What do you think - should parents give cash to adult kids?
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OK to use tithe for Christian school tuition?

Crown Financial Ministries says that "when we take a portion of our tithe and divert it to keep our children in Christian schools, it's really a gift in self-interest. Educational costs are your normal responsibility. Therefore, if God wants your children to attend private school, He will provide the funds without your having to divert His tithe for that purpose." Do you agree?
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Should Christians use credit cards?

OK, sounds like a silly question because credit cards are so common, but consider this: "Citibank calculates that a consumer using a credit card will buy 26% more [than those using cash] - even if the consumer pays it all off [each month] without interest charges." - Randy Alcorn; Money, Possessions, Eternity If that's true - that we spend more using plastic even if we faithfully pay it off each month - should Christians pay with cash?
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