Sanford Levings

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Giving Trends – Part IV – Tithers


(Part 3 of 7-part series)

To remind you from part 1 of this series, we defined a tither as a donor who gives an average of at least $500 per month and gives on a consistent monthly basis.

Now, this threshold may not necessarily represent a true tither but that’s not our primary goal.  To remind you, our goal is to identify meaningful and consistent givers in your church.Giving-Trends-picture-Sporadics_

With tithers, the old 80/20 rule is alive and well because about 20 – 25% of your congregation will meet the tither test above.

  • These tithers will represent 75%, or more, of your total giving!


So what do you do with your list of tithers?

  •  Make sure you know every one of them!

Please review your donor report and make sure you know the name of each of your tithers.  If you don’t know them, then we’ll take them to lunch tomorrow!

  • Remember, the tithers make up a small group in your congregation.

If your attendance averages 500 and if our percentages hold true, then you likely have only about 60 tithing units in your church.  (Remember, only 20% of your attendees likely meet the tither threshold.  And also remember that two-thirds of your attendees are likely married, thus merging two attendees into just one giving unit).

  • Thank them!

Consider inviting your tithers to a low-key donor dinner.  And simply thank them!   Get a new believer to tell his or her personal life-change story at the dinner and then remind your guests that their giving is indeed making a difference.

Consider sending a hand written note and thanking these donors for consistently giving to the church each and every month… for the last 36 months!


Closing thought:  The tithers in your church represent the financial foundation of your church.

Thoughts?  Ideas?  Please share them with us.

Tomorrow, we will discuss the marginal donors.

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