Giving to Trinity
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who gives to Trinity?
Both local members and friends around the country give generously to Trinity. Visitors and those exploring Christianity should not feel any obligation to give.
How much do they give?
We receive one-time donations and ongoing donations, from one dollar to tens of thousands of dollars. Every gift is a blessing and we give thanks for all. For 2019, amongst those who designated an annual pledge, the average family pledge was $5000.
That’s a lot! Why do Christians give so much?
We give because we love God, who has already given us the greatest gift of all, his Son Jesus Christ. We do not give to earn favor with God, but rather in thanks for the favor he has already shown us.
What is the Biblical norm for giving?
The Biblical norm is the tithe, which is 10 percent of income. It appears throughout the scriptures: in Abraham’s gift to Melchizedek (Genesis 14), the Mosaic law (Leviticus 27, Numbers 18), the operation of the Temple (2 Chronicles 31), the injunction of the prophets (Malachi 3), and it is reaffirmed by Jesus (Matthew 22). However, Jesus did not make the tithe a precondition for following him. Moreover, giving in the New Testament church was always voluntary, and often more than a tithe. Therefore, at Trinity we do not require the tithe, but instead use it as a starting point in considering how to give.
So how much should I give?
Guided by the tithe, and with prayer, each Christian decides on his own how much to give. Instead of counting expenses first and then offering a remainder to God, he should offer to God his first fruits and then determine how to live on the rest. If the tithe is seriously impeding the fulfillment of personal and family responsibilities, then he should consider giving less than a tithe. And if, after a tithe and expenses, significant sums remain, he should consider giving more than a tithe. “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
Do you get anything for giving?
Yes! But not as we might think. God is not a slot machine, where you put money in and sometimes get money out. The chief blessings of giving are spiritual: the faith that grows from relying on God, the peace that comes from rejecting greed, the hope that comes from investing in God’s Kingdom, and the joy of giving itself. It is on account of these spiritual blessings that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).