Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, ... and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.
— Malachi 3:10

 

Why Give?

Here at CCPC we give because He first gave to us.  The blessings that we receive, including our finances, are given as opportunities to be a blessing to others.  It is our great privilege to using our resources to expand God's kingdom on this earth.  This part of the mystery of our faith; money finds its greatest value after it is given away.

The choice to invest in our family of faith, and in our mission to central Wisconsin, is an intensely personal one.  But if you are energized by what Christ is doing in our midst, we invite you to share your gifts and blessings with us, as together we seek to bring Christ's kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.

 

Where does my money go?

Click here for a narrative budget that breaks down our expenses into missional categories.

 

How do I decide what to give?

Imagine the below ladder of generosity, and consider your next step.

The first rung is a gift of any kind.  If you've never made an offering to a church or charity, doing so for the first time is enormously significant!

The second rung is regular giving.  Making the church a reoccurring part of your personal or family budget is a major step, whether you chose to give weekly, monthly, or even annually.

The third rung is proportional giving.  The term "tithe" comes from the Old Testament, and refers to the practice of giving 10% of your income to the Temple.  If you've never given proportionally, beginning at 10% might be overwhelming.  Instead, pick a smaller percentage (maybe 1-2%) and plan to give that percentage this year.  Next year, increase your percentage slightly, until over time you reach the 10% goal.

The fourth rung is extravagant generosity.  After you've met the Old Testament standard of the tithe, it's time to work towards Jesus' New Testament directions.  Jesus models and teaches us to live a life of extravagant generosity, above and beyond the tithe.  We are called to follow his example, and give sacrificially, as we attempt to reflect the character of our extravagantly generous God.

We recommend reading Nelson Search's Generosity Ladder for more conversation on this topic.