Tithe Challenge

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We want to challenge you to start tithing and see God begin blessing your life as you commit to healthy financial stewardship.

Why a tithe challenge? In Malachi 3:10 God tells us to “test Him” through tithing.  Jesus also affirms tithing in Matthew 23.  We believe obedience to God’s financial plan is vital for your spiritual growth, so we created a tangible way for you to test God and put His ways into practice. 

What is a tithe?  A tithe literally means 10%.  The Bible teaches us that the first 10% of our income belongs to God.  While everything we have is from God, He uses the principle of tithing to develop in us a heart that puts Him first.  This is not a way to twist God’s arm to make you rich, but it is the pathway to walk in the blessings of God.

Who can participate?  While tithing is a blessing for everyone, the 90-Day tithe challenge is for those who have never tithed or have not been tithing for the last six months. 

What’s the catch?  No catch.  Giving 10% of your income can be a big and frightening commitment, so the tithe challenge comes with a money-back guarantee of sorts.  Essentially the 90-day tithe challenge is a contract based on the promises of God.  If after 90 days of tithing you don’t feel God has held true to His promise of blessing, you can request a 100% refund of your tithe.  No questions asked.  The Tithe Challenge begins Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.  Sign up prior to this date by clicking the link below to participate.

For more information, contact Raeanna Mitchell (Church Accountant) at 308-234-1881 or at raeanna@mynewlifechurch.com

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Terms and Conditions

Before participating in the 90 Day Tithe Challenge, please make sure you understand the following:

  1. I understand that this form must be completed and received by New Life Church prior to the beginning of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge period.
  2. I understand that my household qualifies for participation because we have never tithed or have not been tithing for the last six months. (This is defined as consistent giving of 10% of your household income.)
  3. I understand all of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge giving needs to be in a marked offering envelope or given online through www.mynewlifechurch.com, so that my tithe can be properly credited.
  4. I understand that I cannot seek a refund prior to the end of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge period, and I understand that I cannot seek a refund unless I complete the entirety of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge period with consistent and faithful giving.
  5. I understand that I cannot seek a refund for any contributions made prior to the beginning of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge period.
  6. I understand that any request for a refund must be received by New Life Church within 30 days of the end of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge period.

 

Q&A:
Here’s a short list of questions you might have about the 90 Day Tithe Challenge and tithing in general. If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to call New Life Church at 308-234-1881 or e-mail your questions to info@mynewlifechurch.com.

What is tithing? The word “tithe” is derived from the Hebrew word ma’aser, and it literally means a tenth. Ten percent of everything belongs to the Lord. In Malachi 3:10-11, God says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house.” The ‘storehouse’ is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament church. So as New Testament believers, we worship the Lord with the tithe; or the ten percent.

What is the difference between a tithe and an offering? The tithe is 10% of your income. God says that He has given us all that we own, and that the first 10% is dedicated to Him, and we are to be faithful in “bringing the tithe.” Offerings are any generous giving that you do above and beyond your tithe. And while your tithe is designated for the local church, an offering is for you to be generous wherever you see a need.

Many followers of Christ confuse giving regularly with tithing. While giving regularly is highly commendable and is a big step in and of itself, tithing is taking a full 10% of your income and giving it to the local church.  By doing so, you are partnering with God to build His Kingdom.

How do I participate in the 90 Day Tithe Challenge? The first step is for you to sign up online HERE. This lets us know your intent to participate so that we can keep your finances separate from the church’s main funds. It also gives us your agreement to the terms and conditions of the 90 Day Tithe Challenge. Once you are signed up, please give using an offering envelope or by giving online so we can account for your 90 Day Tithe Challenge correctly.

What if I miss a Sunday or watch online? You can give safely and securely online by visiting www.mynewlifechurch.com and clicking on the GIVE tab. From that point, you can follow the instructions to give. You may also write a check and mail it to: New Life Church, 2715 W. 39th Street, Kearney, NE 68845.

How will you keep track of my tithe?
 New Life Church will carefully and confidentially track each gift in order to provide each giver with an end of the year report of their contributions. Our accountant is the only person at New Life who will know your giving record. You can give with confidence knowing the pastors and other leaders are not privileged to the congregation’s giving records. This preserves the true heart of ministry and prevents money from manipulating leaders. Please feel free to call (308) 234-1881 or email Raeanna Mitchell at raeanna@mynewlifechurch.com for more information on your tithe.

What are the benefits of tithing? Tithing carries multiple facets that will benefit your life. First, God commands it and any time we take God at His Word, we are using faith, and faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6).

Also, in this country, when you give to a not-for-profit organization (like New Life Church), you receive a tax benefit. At the end of the year, New Life Church will provide you with records of the total amount you have given over the year. When you file your taxes, your charitable donations are tax deductible.

And last, but not least, when you decide to become a consistent giver, you strengthen your journey with Christ.

Where does my money go? New Life Church is 100% supported through your tithes and offerings. The money you give goes toward funding our ministries, salaries, utilities, equipment purchases, etc. As we approach each new year, a budget is carefully and prayerfully developed. We look through the eyes of faith into what we feel God wants us, as a church, to accomplish for Him. We see ALL giving at New Life as God’s money, and we feel a great sense of accountability to the allocation of those funds.

Should I give while I’m trying to get out of debt? Yes! This may sound irrational, because getting out of debt should be one of the highest priorities in your financial planning. But by obeying God first in your finances, we believe that God will supernaturally revolutionize your financial situation. And, since getting out of debt is all about discipline, just think of the benefits of developing a financial plan that honors God first with giving!

My spouse and I both work. Do we give 10% of what we both make? If your spouse is in agreement with you about taking the 90 Day Tithe Challenge, then you should give 10% of both of your incomes. However, if your spouse does not want to participate, just tithe on your income.

My spouse’s income is all that we have, but they don’t come to New Life Church. I want to tithe, but I don’t know what to do. 
We don’t want your spouse to be turned off from church and turned off from God because of this 90 Day Tithe Challenge. We might suggest to talk with them and explain that you’d like to do this, and that if they don’t wish to tithe — it’s okay. Then you could tell them you’d like to tithe on your part of the income and see if they are agreeable with that. That would still count for the 90 Day Tithe Challenge since they don’t attend New Life. If they’re not open to this arrangement, then maybe this isn’t the time for you to take the 90 Day Tithe Challenge.

 

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