Did you know that nearly 80% of the people who call Oasis home choose NOT to support the church financially? And it’s likely that you might be one of those people…
Here are some reasons why you probably don’t support the church financially:
#1 – It’s not on your radar.
For the most part, people aren’t thinking about their churches financial health. They just assume that because the doors are open, then all the needs have been met. At a church like Oasis, we don’t even “collect” an offering on Sunday mornings. Maybe 2-3 times a year I will teach on giving or tithing, but for the most part, the subject never comes up. And since the subject rarely comes up, people just aren’t really thinking about it.
So I think part of the reason a lot of people aren’t intentional to give, is because we are not intentional to give them opportunities.
#2 – You literally can’t be generous, because you are strapped.
What if I were to stand up in our church and say “there are 400 kids in our community that will sleep on the floor this week if we don’t get them a bed, so I need 400 people to donate enough money to buy beds for kids.”
- EVERYONE would be excited about providing beds
- EVERYONE would WANT to participate
- but STILL only about 25% of the people would be ABLE to give toward the cause
Why? Because so many people are drowning in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and unable to be generous (even if they want to).
The good news is, THIS CAN CHANGE! You don’t have to live strapped. We have people in our church who can help you attain financial freedom, we are literally just an email away.
#3 – You do not understand the Biblical commands, reasons or the blessings associated with tithing.
Essentially, we should tithe because God says to do it. That’s it.
- We don’t tithe to get noticed
- We don’t tithe to gain some kind of control
- We don’t tithe out of guilt
- We don’t tithe because the church “needs it”
We simply do it because God said to do it. PERIOD. This is God’s plan for funding the ministry of the church. Any reason not to tithe, is something that should be taken up with God.
#4 – You don’t TRUST church leadership
Trust vs Suspicion
The enemy plants seeds of doubt, and that doubt is fueled by negative experiences. And you’ve had some negative experiences in the past that cause you to doubt the leadership of the church.
And honestly, I understand that. So, my question is, is there a church you do trust? Tithe there. Tithe SOMEWHERE. I can send you a list of friends who are starting churches.
God’s blessing in your life isn’t determined by your faithfulness to Oasis, it’s determined by your faithfulness to HIM. So, tithe somewhere.
And if you have trust issues with our leadership, address them! Let’s work through it!
#5 – You don’t know HOW to give
You can give online at www.givetooasis.com
You can give by mailing a check:
Oasis Church | PO Box 1234 | Holly Springs, NC 27540
You can give on Sundays by dropping it off in the buckets when you are leaving the auditorium.
Oasis is built on the backs of people who contribute financially, serve faithfully, and are whole-heartedly committed to the Ekklesia (Church) (Gathering) (Body). I am incredibly grateful to those who are invested financially at Oasis. Your generosity TRULY makes a difference.