Tithing Envelopes

I’m always curious to see what churches have on their tithing envelopes. There are all kinds of tithing envelopes. There are envelopes that you can color. There are ones that have bible trivia on it. There are even ones that share a bible story on it with a full color picture.

Tithing envelopes are created for all different age groups. Here’s a website that makes tithing envelopes from ages pre-k, all the way to adulthood.

Youth tithing envelopeTithing envelopeThere are two main elements to a tithing envelope. The first is the verse. Typically the verse is Proverbs 3:9 or Malachi 3:8-10. Sometimes the envelope has 1 Corinthians 16:2, but many churches don’t put that on there, because that eludes to freewill giving instead of tithing. The second element to tithing envelopes is the informational part. This is usually your name, address, date, and amount of gift. More detailed and complex tithing envelopes have check boxes that you can designate your gift to. Other tithing envelopes have a place where you can fill in your credit card information.

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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56 comments on “Tithing Envelopes
  1. Freewillgiver says:

    Soundoctrine and Al thank you for more clarity. I hope you both had much bread and wine like myself, in your communions during the New year celebrations.

    Soundoctrine I am sure that you are better informed by debating your position on money tithing in this electronic fellowship than most evangelical preachers in the U.S. However we disagree vastly concerning giving freedoms. Are not all priest in Jesus responcible enough to control the money given to the poor and lost in Jesus name?

    Al , Praise Jesus ! You do not teach that Christians must pay fellowships lead by preachers 10% or be in sin. Brother Al please keep teaching against required Christian money tithing as taught in most evangelical denominations.

    Soundoctrine seems to support the common doctrines of money tithing taught by most U.S. Evangelical preachers. Sorry Al for misunderstanding your position. In the New Year I pray Jesus will give me more clarity of thought.

    Soundoctrine, It seems you believe that Christians must give ten percent of their money to their local churches lead by preachers to support those preachers. Am I clear on this?

    Soundoctrine have you ever been a professional preacher paid through money tithes? I once was myself. I am glad you came right out and stated that the ten percent is for support of preachers. Most debating for required money tithes sidesteps this issue. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Do you believe that all Christians are preist?
    Soundoctrine I want to see how liberal your required money tithe beliefs are in comparison to many money tithe or sin teaching denominations. What are your views on Priestly Christian giving freedom?
    What about the beer tithe my friend Deuteronomy 14:26 where the people of the Old Testament had some control where their tithes were spent?

    Do you believe that Christians must give their 10% cash to a fellowships lead by head preachers? Could Christians give money directly to the poor, missionaries, Christian schools, give money to destitute family members or spend money as Christmas presents in the name of Jesus to unsaved people and that still be a money tithe fulfilling Christian giving requirements?

    Under what circumstances is Priestly Christian giving a tithe in your book Soundoctrine? I believe all giving of Christians is holy when it is in the name of Jesus. In many churches the answer is when the giving is in control of the local head preacher that is when it becomes the required 10% money tithe?

    Soundoctrine are you more liberal than most money tithe preaching U.S. preachers? Please explain friend when you have time. I think that when All Christians meditate that they are all priest in Jesus , the money that they have can be more creatively given to Jesus.

    Christ in US.

  2. sounddoctrine says:

    I haven’t been able to post due to time limitations.

    I am a software engineer.

    Steward I need your explanation of the following verses because I don’t understand how you are interpreting them.

    Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
    (Heb 7:4 KJV)

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    This proves he gave 10% of his gains.

    And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation: And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
    (Num 31:27-28 KJV)

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    This was a special levy that God commanded Israel in this particular war because you don’t find it done again in other wars. This is not the tithe.

    And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
    (Lev 27:30-32 KJV)

    What do you mean by this verse that not everyone had to tithe?

    Can you tell me steward what does Paul mean by the verses I quoted previously that say

    Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
    (1Co 9:7-14 KJV)

    Now, freewillgiver seems to think that we are all priests and indeed we are, however, there were hierarchies within the priesthood. Not all of the priests served at the altar. Paul is using the LAW to say that just like in the law those who served at the altar had a RIGHT to take from the altar so do the preachers today. Can you tell me steward how do you interpret this?

    In your opinion how to preachers make their living?

  3. sounddoctrine,
    There was no command to give 10% of their increase off of anything besides what the land and animals produced. This means that carpenters, bankers, lawyers, blacksmiths etc. . . did not give a cent from their occupational income. If they did not raise any animals, or grow any crops on the side, then they didn’t tithe anything.

    The poor did not possess any land or animals, so they were exempt from tithing as well.

    Lev 27 is clear that the tithe was on the land and animals. Jesus also confirms this when he condones the pharisees for their tithe of their crops in Matthew 23.

    – jared

  4. Freewillgiver says:

    Sound doctrine thank you so much. I believe the first should be last the greatest leaders in Christ should most resemble the lowliest of servants. To be great learn to be the servant of all. That is how the best preaches in Christ should make a living. “Though he were a son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered he became the author of our eternal salvation.” Preachers should make a living by suffering the opposite of earthly prosperity. Jesus kind of love = loss of the things of this world. Do you agree? The Levites lived off of food tithes and were mentioned in the same sentence as widows the fatherless and the landless poor. Today many preachers expect 10% of other priest money. Many send their kids to Christian schools and colleges while the people they expect 10% money tithes from cannot afford to send their kids to Christian schools and colleges. Most evangelical missionaries in the U.S. do not collect money tithes.

    A Christian leader should not be a comfortable job because it was not in the New Testament in my opinion. Priests are equal but the best priests who give the most those should be the leaders. Many churches met in homes and the leadership of the early church was hard core Spartan individuals. The wealthy opened their homes and their overhead was low because Christian leaders did not expect to be the winners of society. Early church leaders expected hardship and loss. They were not comfortable. I am not against pries giving money to other priest. I am mealy against one priest claiming they are entitled to 10% of priest money. Sound doctrine the priest of the Old Testament could demand their food tithes from the Levites. Preachers should all be missionaries.

    The priests were exempt from food tithes. If all Christians are priest then there cannot be a 10% money tithe to other priest called preachers? Every priest can and should give to other priest in need. But what is need? Haiti is in need right now. Priest leaders should be men of suffering like Jesus and Paul. Preachers should all give mostly to the poor.

    Make a living? Preachers should mostly get second jobs, save money like missionaries beforehand and expect to live as one of the poorer members of society. Jesus seemed to live very Spartan sleeping outside. All the disciples were persecuted by a cruel Roman government. Make a living? Christ is our life and Christian leaders should expect things to be hardest for them on earth. The first shall be last. Christian leadership is loosing by persecution or giving everything away. Jesus lost, Paul lost so that the gospel was spread. The best missionaries do this everyday. Preachers should expect very little money.

    Christian leaders should be storing up the most treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is so is ones heart also. Christian leaders should be the most giving, suffering and the least comfortable. Do you agree sound doctrine? Suffering leaders are the kind that other priest has the least problems giving to because a Jesus kind of leadership will not expect to be entitled to other priest money. Paul writer of most of the New Testament lived in a third world environment with more poverty than Haiti. He went to prisons that would seem like a concentration camp. Paul was a tent maker/evangelist apostle. Paul preached part time. Make a living in the suffering of Christ, I am trying to learn this. Duteronomy 14:26 giving should make the poorest the most happy and priest should have the most control over where to spend their money.
    Christ in Us! Thank you Sound doctrine friend.

  5. Tracy says:

    Two things I’ve noticed over my lifetime about tithing, which I don’t care if you tithe or not.  But I’ve noticed, first, whenever there is a money squeeze, such as “do I send my kids to a Christian School or Tithe to my Church” , giving to the church always loses.  No one ever asks, should I downgrade my car, my home, my vacations, my golfing, my hobbies, etc,  When people are squeezed for time or money, they’ll always lessen or quit giving to the church, if it’s time, they won’t cut out bowling, or golfing or fishing or the football game, it’s church attendance.
    2nd – I’ve found 100%, I’m sure this is not true with everyone, but to date, myself personally, I’ve never found anyone who doesn’t like tithing because they want to give more, they don’t like tithing so they can excuse their lack of giving or their stingy giving.  If you don’t want to believe in the tithe, you have to, if you’re being honest with New Test. Scripture, believe in generous and sacrificial giving.  But I don’t see “anti-tithers” wanting to sell houses or lands and give it to the work of the Lord or like the group Paul mentions, give generously and sacrificially out of their poverty and great need.
    When I meet the first anti-tither who doesn’t want to be limited to a mere 10% I’ll have renewed faith in those who “claim” they are New Testament givers.
    That’s my thoughts – Tracy

  6. Tracy,

    People shouldn’t “dis-like” tithing. They should show evidence that the bible is against it.

    You place a lot of emphasis on the examples you see in life, but the ironic thing is, there are no examples in the early Church where anyone commanded tithing, or practicing it.

    Since tithers believe in offerings above the tithe, why would i be against tithing because of its limits? Ironically, I learned the truth about tithing when i began to study for the purpose of defending it.

    - jared

  7. Tracy says:

    Jared – I think you missed my point.
    I find that people who are against tithing, in my experience, are people who aren’t really interested in giving to the work of the Lord in any generous way.  They may spend $500 a month on their new car, but justify themselves for only giving $10 a week to any kind of ministry enterprise, because after all they say, tithing isn’t a New Testament doctrine, so I don’t have to give.  They generally are interested in disproving tithing to appease their conscience of not being givers.
    I’d love to find someone who doesn’t believe in tithing, which is fine with me if a person doesn’t believe in tithing, who still is a generous and sacrificial giver, I’m confident that such people are out there, I just haven’t met any yet.
    I do believe the new testament teaches, not demands, but teaches, generous, sacrificial giving and when a person sees that their financial investment in kingdom enterprises are miniscule compared to their lifestyle investments, that is not generous giving and I believe that does violate the spirit of New Testament giving.
    Thanks for the reply –  Tracy

  8. Tracy,

    No, i did not miss your point. Your words are all too familiar to me because i had the same thoughts come out of my mind at one point.

    Here’s a list of Church leaders and historians who disagree with tithing

    David Allan Black, SEBTS
    Craig Bloomberg, DENVER SEMINARY
    Lewis Sperry Chafer, DTS FOUNDER
    David Croteau, LIBERTY UNIV.
    Alfred Edersheim, ANGLICAN SCHOLAR
    Walter Elwell, EVANG DIC OF BIBLE
    Andreas Kostenberger, SEBTS BAPTIST SCHOLAR
    C.H. Lenski, LUTHERAN SCHOLAR
    Zola Levitt, CHRISTIAN JEWISH SCHOLAR
    Martin Luther. LUTHERAN FOUNDER
    John MacArthur, MEGA CHURCH PASTOR 53-54
    J. Vernon McGee, PRESBYTERIAN SCHOLAR 104
    Bruce Metzger, AUTHOR ADN SCHOLAR 223
    NELSON’S BIBLE DICTIONARY, P12
    John Owne, CALVINIST APOLOGIST
    Charles Ryrie, DALLAS SCHOLAR
    C.I. Scofield. REFERENCE BIBLE EDITOR
    Ray Stedman, MEGA CHURCH PASTOR
    Merrill Unger, BIBLE DICTIONARY EDITOR

    here’s a link of even more people in history, who have spoken out against, or questioned tithing at some point.
    http://www.tithing.com/blog/tithing-opponents-throughout-history/

    - jared

  9. Tracy says:

    Jared,
    I will take the blame for not being a good communicator, sorry.  Let me start again.  I don’t care if a person believes in tithing or not.  So, for the sake of this conversation, let us agree that Tithing is NOT a New Testament mandate, requirement or even a suggestion.  So, no New Testament doctrine of tithing, we are on the same page now.
    I’m saying that those I find who don’t believe in tithing, don’t believe in giving hardly at all.  I am saying that I find that those who want to argue against tithing, in my experience don’t want to give. They find 10% to be more giving than they are willing to do.
    I’m looking for the person, that I know is out there somewhere who says – I don’t believe tithing is a New Testament doctrine and I didn’t come to that conclusion so I could justify my lack of giving, I came to that conclusion because it’s biblical and while coming to that conclusion and studying the scriptures I did find a New Testament pattern, generous, selfless giving.  So, now, I don’t believe in tithing, but when I looked at my tax return last year, I notice that I gave 18% or 25% or 35% of my gross income to charitable causes.
    When a person rejects tithing after studying the New Testament, and at the same time does not come to the conclusion that God’s people should be givers and at the end of the year they find that 98% of their income went to taxes and lifestyle and 2% went to charity, I believe they are not walking in the New Testament “spirit” and teachings on the subject of giving.
    Bottom line:  I’m fine with rejecting tithing, but while doing that let’s not reject giving.  The New Testament, the writers who were inspired by the Holy Spirit, have taught us to give generously, even sacrificially in charitable ways.
    Thanks – enjoy the dialogue – Tracy

  10. Tracy,

    There may be many people out there who can afford to give 18-35% of their income. I am not one of them. The average Israelite did not give a single penny towards tithing since it was only required from animals or agriculture. If was a carpenter in the Old Testament, i wouldn’t give a tithe at all.

    Here’s my background.

    i have 1 full time, and 1 part time job. My wife has 1 full time job. We live in a 1000 sq ft. home. We have 2 cars to drive to work that are both paid off. One, is 14 years old with almost 200,000 miles. The other is almost 10 years old with over 100,000 miles on it. Besides my mortgage and a tiny student loan, i have no debt. I am saving 5% our our salary for our future and for retirement. We are saving about 1% of our salary for our children each year. I have a small 32″ old projector TV with the free tv stations from the antennae. Last year on my tax returns my giving came out to 10%. This year will be much less since i had $4500 in medical bills and an increase of $700/month for daycare so i could work.

    Truthfully, what i give to God is none of your business, and i’m extremely hesitant to even say anything about it, but since you are focused on performance, and since our actions is a sign of our faith, i understand why you are so adamant about physical proof.

    - jared

  11. Tracy says:

    Jared,
    You’re right, your giving is none of my business and you have nothing to prove to me. You do make a wrong assumption about me, I’m not performance driven, because you can’t win at that game, when it comes to anything spiritual, how much is enough, is 1 hour a day of prayer enough, doesn’t God deserve 2 hours, how about 10 hours, you get the picture, we can’t win at the performance game.  Is 5% enough to give, how about 10, why don’t we make it 50%, where does it end.  It doesn’t.
    God is always interested in the heart, however, you are right, our actions are a sign of our faith and what is truly going on in our hearts.  We can’t say we LOVE giving to God and not give, we can’t say we LOVE prayer and never pray, we can’t say, lost people are of extreme importance to us and never share our faith – James did say, I’ll show you my faith by what I do.  Spiritual talk should be backed by spiritual action, but even at that, we do have to be careful or we’ll become performance driven, I think that “works” is the spiritual default setting.
    Your life and mine sounds similar – we moved a few years ago and didn’t hook up TV for 2 years, my children said we were the only ones on the planet without TV – I did assure them that there were a couple of Jungle Tribes in South America without TV, but they weren’t sure about that.  I too drive a vehicle with 180,000 miles on it that the transmission just died on me this week – BUT, it’s been paid for for 5 years – so fixing the transmission is much cheaper than a monthly car payment, so I feel like I win financially every month when I don’t have a payment to make.
    Have a great day and a great weekend.
    Blessings –  Tracy

  12. sounddoctrine says:

    Well, it seems someone revived this chat.  I pondered for a while wether to post something back, but I felt I had to.

    Just want to let you know Tracy, that no matter what you say, good all Steward is too smart for all of us combined.  It doesn’t matter that you agree with him on no tithing, you lost him when you told him the reason he doesnt tithe — “Love of money” or “stingy giving” as you call it.  You are absolutely right, there are none, that I personally have met, that reject tithing and are liberal givers, none, zilch, zero.  That I have met.  I am sure steward is not one either, that is why he lists his expenses but not his giving, because it is “not your business”  but it is your business to know how much expenses he has and how hard he and his wife works.  The bible has but one word for people like him “Hypocrite”!

  13. Cherub says:

    I have enjoyed reading this debate, but have frowned on many occasions at the harshness of your tones. I agree it is a serious matter, but using scripture to chastise or chasen one another is not our duty. Rather to explain and take joy in sharing with one anoher. Scripture will be revealed to us in spirit and in truth. Let God do the judging eh!

    Your sis in Christ, Cherub!

    • sounddoctrine says:

      Unfortunately cherub, that passive attitude has gotten the christian church in a lot of trouble. The “judge not” mentality is the work of satan. Yes, not only we have to judge the scoffers and the false teachers we have to expose them. Don’t think for a minute that this is just a simple discussion about some unimportant issue. There are hundreds if not thousands of people who will stumble upon this site, just like you and I did. But the bible clearly says:

      Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
      (Jude 1:3-4)

      Remember not everyone who comes out of israel is an israelite. God bless you, I hope you are sincere in your quest for truth.

  14. jackson says:

    People who don’t want to tithe are greedy, stingy and have a huge problem with money it’s that simple. I don’t care how educated you mockers think you are TITHING is in the Bible! No where does it say stop tithing! People who don’t tithe are the real ones who love money and that’s why you don’t want to give any of it away! You and your theological arguments are all garbage and we Jews the true people of God think you Christians are stupid! We tithe and we give 20% willingly and with correct scriptural backing that’s why we rule the world and you people are ordaining homosexuals and fusing over a simplistic doctrines such as tithing. No wonder your weak so please keep it up! Dumb and Dumber!!!

    • Jackson
      Nowhere does it say to stop giving food, or to Levites, or from the increase from the promised land. These were all required in the bible. But you only want to see what you want to see. To me this is simple since the tithing law was never changed anywhere in the bible but you are too hypocritical to agree with the whole scripture. You only want to blast your libel without any evidence (which is called lying, slander, false report). And your name calling shows how unprepared you are at apologetics.
      – jared

    • James says:

      Hi Jackson,
      You sound like an intelligen person, who messed with your head ? Are you a christian ?
      If you are a Jew, then why do you treat people who Christ died  for with contempt. Every beliver who follows Christ are Gods people, stop your argoant, jealous, uninformed, stupid comments. It show how shallow and immature you really are.
      If you cannot kill people who commit adultry or break the sabbath then you have sinned against the  Mosaic law. 
      How can you try to teach gentiles about the Law of Moses you do not know how to live by it and the consequences if you break it. The new covenant is based on Grace not on keeping laws that enslaved the Jews. Read all of Galatian before you open your mouth or write stupid comment.
      Grow up a bit and try to change your nappy before you make stupid comments

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