EDITOR'S NOTE: A recent study by researcher George Barna found that only 3 percent of Christians tithe -- a decrease from 8 percent in 2001. The principle of tithing, it seems, is not widely practiced as it once was and certainly is not widely understood as a critical form of worship.
The following series of reports tackle several questions about tithing: Why should Christians tithe? What should a Christian do if his or her spouse objects to tithing? And, is the principle of tithing being taught in churches today?
Baptist Press trusts that these reports will inform and equip our readers to understand that living faithfully includes giving faithfully.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)--The news that tithing declined by about 62 percent last year presents the church with both a warning and a challenge, say several experts in Christian financial and seminary circles.
DALLAS (BP)--As the leader of a new marriage-enrichment ministry, J.B. Collingsworth knows how crucial money matters are to couples' unions.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The man who helped train 500 facilitators to present seminars on financial management believes the church must be a strong voice for the principle of tithing.
However, since they started tithing, half a dozen Christians told Baptist Press they have more than enough money to provide for their needs. And, they feel they are making positive contributions to God's work in the world.