Every church has their own unique style—flair if you will—and with that comes different methods of accepting your tithe offerings. Have you ever wondered why there were so many options when it comes to collecting money? In case it didn’t cross your mind before, here are some tithing methods you might not have realized before.
Whether they are black, blue, gold, or some other color, tithing buckets are a popular choice among churches that like to keep things clean cut and modern.
Buckets are an interesting choice when they are getting passed around from person to person, row by row. Have you ever stopped to watch how people pass the handless bucket? Some grab it with both hands, as if the plastic were a lifeline, some grab it by the rim, for the concern of germs, and others won’t even touch it.
Churches that use buckets for tithe offers are usually the kind of churches that put their logo pasted on the front of them—just so everyone knows that bucket belongs in the church and not part of a beach toy set. These churches tend to have hipster leaders, pop worship music, and a pastor who does his best to fit in with the younger crowd.
Even if that means getting an undercut and wearing skinny jeans. Y’all know what I’m talking about, right?
Plates usually leave the impression of being outdated, too humble with their income to purchase buckets, or the plates are considered some sort of good luck heirlooms. They used to be the prime choice when taking tithes, but over the years have been replaced with plastic buckets when churches started updating their teaching styles, worship music, and wardrobe. As a result, you rarely see these oldies passed out during church service anymore, but there will always be those churches that are still stuck in the traditional ways.
There are two kinds of serving plates: metal and wood. Churches that still pass the wood plates are usually the churches that still have 70s wooden walls and red cushioned pews. As for the churches that use the shiny metal plates—you know what I’m talking about. Gold with a red velvet lining—are the ones that still have stained glass windows of Jesus and set out a giant loaf of bread for communion.
Because passing the bucket or plate seems too forwards to some pastors and members, many churches choose to opt for the taking tithes in a humble manner by using “the box”. That’s right, the box is usually wooden with some sort of cross burned into the side of it.
Small churches tend to have tithing boxes, and they stay small for that very reason. People fell more obligated to put money in a passing bucket or plate than they do with a box placed off to the side. Unfortunately, the churches that take tithes with boxes typically have sparse members—majority being elderly—and still use hymn books for worship.
Perhaps these churches need to get on that bucket train?
Two words: mega church.
Instead of passing buckets and plates, or putting out a box, these mega churches go straight for convince with their own tithing apps. But in order to have an app, they have to be making bank to begin with. And in order to be a big church, there have to be buckets of money somewhere.
These churches are pristine almost impossible to beat with their sharp business skills, technology advancements, and overall mega-ness. It’s pure genius using apps to take tithes.
For real. You can be anywhere—at church, in the car, hanging in the restroom, wherever—and make an instant tithe offering. But it gets even better than that. With these kind of tithing apps, you can have a certain amount taken from your paycheck every week, so your thumbs don’t even have to do the work.
by Hannah Gonsman