Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University with our church right now, and I’ve been diving into it head first. Never in my life did I think that it was possible for a Youth Pastor, on a Youth Pastor’s Salary, to actually be able to get off of living from paycheck to paycheck. So I’ve been researching bank accounts, reading articles, selling what we can, and really just going all in with Dave’s mantra “Live like nobody else, so you can live like nobody else.” Yesterday, I was reading an article on his site and found this stat that kind of blew me away

53% of Christians have not given to their Church in the last month.

Now, that stat alone is pretty mind boggling. But it also got me wondering, after a conversation with some other Youth Pastors, about what percentage of Youth Pastor’s are actively tithing or not tithing. I remember for a while when I was younger, I took what would be my tithe and instead of giving it to the church, gave it to people in need. In the below survey, I’m defining Tithing as going directly to the church. Thanks for participating! [socialpoll id=”2173467″]]]>


  1. I've seen a few churches that keep 10% of the minister's pay as a forced tithe. Interestingly enough, Tithing isn't a New Testament command. Only examples of money being given is them selling everything and giving it all Acts 4:32 and giving "as it prospers you" 1 Corinthians 16:2. I think a lot of people are sticking to the Old Covenant when it comes to giving and believe10% is the magic number.
    • It may not be a "command" in the New Testament but Jesus took this opportunity to reinforce it and not change it. Also, the word "tithe" means "10%" so that is why it is so magical. Matthew 23:23 - (Jesus talking) What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
    • I'm not legalistic in saying it doesn't count if it's not at least 10% of your total pay, but would you agree that Christians should be giving some sort of percentage of their income to the Lord? And should it be given to a church body?
    • Giving 10% is Old Testament. Giving your all is New Testament. This means 10% is our entry point to giving not the end goal.
      • +1. :) Tithing is a dumb word to me. "Stewardship" is where it's at. Tithing means giving 10% and then doing whatever you want with the rest. Stewardship means that every bit of your money honors God--so some may go to the local church, some to help our neighbors, and all to glorify our bodies, relationships with others, and our Creator. When I think about being a good steward, it convicts me to think about even the types of establishments I put my money into--Like the Devil Incarnate: Wal-Mart. ;) but maybe I'm getting a little too "Christian Hipster" here......... :)
    • I've seen this before, but when it comes to what people think people gave in the NT, it's more like 27%. I want to continually grow in what I give away. I don't think there is a magic number. But I do have a number that is direct deposited every paycheck so I don't worry about it.
  2. Dave Ramsey may be my actual love language. Proud of and excited for you and your wife for going through his stuff.
  3. Man, we've been talking about money a lot at my house. I think a lot of it is how we grew up. I'll never forget my parents walking into our house and they were just astounded at what we had purchased. It wasn't expensive and we bought what we could afford on one paycheck but it's amazing how much expectations have played into what we "need" and "want" and how hard it is to break that stuff off and kill it dead.
  4. My wife and I started living by FPU principles several years ago, and are now toward the end of the baby steps. Let me assure you, it is possible, even on a youth pastor and kindergarten teacher salaries with 3 kids. One of the biggest reasons for our success I believe with all my heart is because we have faithfully tithed to our church every penny we ever get.
      • Just stick with it, even when tempted to give up, it's not easy but completely worth it. The time goes fast, I look back now and can't believe how long we have been doing it.
  5. Being a part-time youth pastor, newly married, with a child, I admit that it is hard sometimes to keep consistent with a "direct-to-the-church" tithe. I find myself taking into account all the extra time, miles, buying meals for students, extra resources, and other expenses in the nature of my job and counting that as my "tithe".

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