WHEREAS, the earth and all that is in it belongs to God, and
WHEREAS, Jesus spoke about money and possessions, and
WHEREAS, God has promised many blessings if people will live by biblical standards as it involves the management of that which God has given us, and
WHEREAS, those blessings would include the following: God will fill your barns with plenty, when you honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first fruits of all your increase (Proverbs 3:9-10); God gives back to you in the same measure that you use to give to God (Luke 6:38); God will pour out so much blessing you will not have enough room for it (Malachi 3:10), and
WHEREAS, the concept of tithing has not been taught in most congregations during the past few decades, which means many people have been denied the knowledge of how to grow spiritually in their stewardship of giving, and
WHEREAS, this is confirmed by statisticians that giving by people in The United Methodist Church is somewhere below two percent, and
WHEREAS, programs of ministry have been eliminated or not even started because of the lack of funds, and
WHEREAS, annual conferences have had to eliminate or not start programs because of the lack of funds, and
WHEREAS, general boards at the national level have had to curtail their programs because of the lack of funds,
Therefore, the 2000 General Conference adopts as a high priority for the next eight years a program for teaching and preaching for spiritual growth in giving, with an emphasis of setting tithing as a goal for every person in The United Methodist Church.
See Social Principles, ¶ 163D.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church — 2004. Copyright © 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.