This is Where Your Tithe Goes!

Usher: Hey Deak, check these posts out – they’re for real!  It’s for real.  I promise!

Deacon: Hmmmmm.  And I thought you were just making those T-shirt stats up!

http://www.highlandadventist.org/Where%20Does%20the%20Tithe%20Go.pdf  (15% goes to ministry – all else goes into someone’s pocket for the 15% of ministry they render!)  This is the highest percentage of ministry/total budget of them all!   Pastor, retirement, staff and education for staff = 85% of budget!

http://www.plymouth-church.com/financial/YTD_Budget_Report.PDF  (They have 100,000 in the bank and spend more on building insurance and utilities than they do in youth ministry and all charities combined!)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/1739005/QHPC-Annual-Report-07?query2=church%20ministry%20budget%202006%202007%202008  (Check out page 17 – less than $5,000 is spent on outreach and education combined form a total budget of $127,000!!!!)

http://www.orucc.org/wp-content/uploads/copy-of-2007-2008-budget-1-10-2008.pdf  (This is the most giving church – they commit a whopping $45,000 from a total budget of $331,000!)

http://www.highpointlw.com/library/AnnualReport2007.pdf  ($43,000 in ministry on a budget of $455,000!)

http://www.saintbartholomews.org/2007budgetpresentation.pdf ($10,000 in ministry and programs on a total budget of $130,000 – clergy gets almost $60,000 tax free dollars!)

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3 Responses to “This is Where Your Tithe Goes!”

  1. Mark Says:

    Wow! That is all I really care to say right now. Anything else would probably be more malicious than I would like it to be.

  2. Adam Says:

    I’m a structural engineer who works on lots of churches. I really am sickened by the amount of money spent on facilities more than any other single expense.

    Seriously, what is done in the name of Christ in order to create an “atmosphere of worship” or community is appalling. Marble floors, Italian crafted alters, a giant cross suspended from a glass roof so the shadow of the cross will reflect across the sanctuary, top of the line coffee facilities, I could go on and on and on.

    Churches or country clubs?

  3. Cop Says:

    Funny how most churches ask us to pay…errr give 10% of our income, but the church cant give 10% to help the ministry.

    Your correct Adam.
    Churches want Marble floors, and expensive trimmings.

    Meanwhile Mr.s Jenkins who has been a member of the church for 25 years still has to catch the bus on Sundays.

    Lisa (single parent) Jones has to scrape money together to pay for child care.

    Hard working Mike cant move out of his mama’s basement because he cant afford to get into a good job training school.

    BUT YALL BETTER NOT LET THE PASTOR BE SEEN DRIVING A USED HONDA, OR HAVE THE CHURCH BUILDING SETTLE FOR CARPET INSTEAD OF BRAIZILION LAID TILE.

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