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Effective tithing for the growth of the church: a case study of ACK Mombasa Memorial Cathedral

Author
Festus Kiseu
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to determine the level of understanding and practice of tithing used at Mombasa Memorial Church as a case study. The researcher examined the biblical teaching of key passages on tithing, analyzing them through historical development of the scriptures. The researcher also assessed existing views on tithing by various scholars. The study used a pro-active research method. Questionnaires, interviews, and church records were the research instruments. Out of the 80.2% of members who claimed to tithe, a mere 20% actually tithed, showing a lack of understanding and faithful practice of the biblical concept of tithing.

An inquiry into the sources of attitudes toward money and giving among the laity

Author
David B Cozad
Abstract
This study is concerned with gauging the attitudes of church members toward issues of money and giving in the church. Selected members of the author's congregation were studies, using both questionnaires and personal interviews, in order to discern their attitudes and the sources of those feelings. Findings indicate that most of these persons do not share some of the negative attitudes reported in the literature. Moreover, certain attitudinal differences did appear to exist between lower givers and higher givers, with the latter group more likely to report some life-changing spiritual experience that affected their feelings about material resources.

Economic development in Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Author
Mattie Ruth Smith
Abstract
This project proposes to teach individuals and churches how to use biblically based stewardship through tithing and financial management for economic empowerment. Based on studies of tithing methodology, investment concepts, and portfolio planning, the project produces seminars and a manual for a model of economic development in local congregations of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Training pastors in stimulating financial stewardship ministry in their local church

Author
Lewis J Petrie
Abstract
The project assumes a lack of understanding of financial stewardship in many churches within the North American Baptist Conference. The goal of the project is to provide pastors with a tithing seminar experience. Data, collected from 71 pastors through a survey questionnaire, was analyzed and a seminar developed to stimulate an interest in tithing. A four-week tithing program was implemented in a test local church by a pastor who attended a tithing seminar. The pastors were equipped to assist believers and exposed to resources to help them lead to a tithing emphasis. The final tithing seminar was developed for use among the pastors of the Conference.

A Lutheran perspective on tithing: a church retreat

Author
Paul H Spohn
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to examine the concept, teaching, and biblical understanding of tithing in relation to Lutheran theology. A large number of Lutherans were interviewed and tested as to their knowledge and attitude toward tithing and stewardship. After an examination of the materials in terms of the historical context, with an emphasis on Luther's scholarship, conclusions were presented and a retreat was designed. The retreat affirmed tithing from a perspective of Christian love.

Year-round funding for the mission of the church

Author
Richard H Skelley
Abstract
The purpose of this paper was to discover and share effective year-round stewardship information to increase the funding for the mission of the church. A biblical/theological study of tithing and giving practices in the Old and New Testament can be found in this paper. A historical study of Presbyterian giving practices from colonial days to the present indicate a variety of ideas and programs. A research survey of Presbyterian churches in the 1980's shares a wealth of different ideas for stewardship year-round and fall campaign programs which can be adapted to any congregation.

Funding the local United Methodist church

Author
Carl M McGee
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine principles for funding local United Methodist Churches that are effective and consistent with a sound theology of stewardship. The project is limited to funding the local church, while recognizing that stewardship includes the totality of life in response to God as Creator and Redeemer. The study includes an overview of the history of church funding, an analysis of current funding programs, and a comparative inquiry of local churches, ministers and funding practices in the North Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. This study indicates that within the limits of a given local church situation, those churches most successful in funding include funding within a larger theological understanding of stewardship and discipleship.
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