What does the United Methodist Church say about tithing?

The Church says that tithing is “the minimum goal of giving….”, but does not specify net or gross. Some people tithe out of their gross income. Many tithe from their adjusted gross income and many tithe out of the after-tax income. The important thing is to begin to tithe. God can always work on the details later.


How much do I tithe?

The word “tithe” comes from the Hebrew word ma’aser, which literally means “tenth.” For that reason, we follow Malachi 3:10: “bring the tithes into the storehouse,” from which we take the general guideline of offering 10% of our income to God.

What if I don’t have the money to tithe?

Life is complex and money even more so! A regular tithe can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. Scripture tells us to honor God with our first fruits, and that our blessings will overflow. Let God guide your tithing decisions. He can help.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

Most of the time, church donations are tax deductible because Bethany UMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. There are a few instances in which your giving is not deductible; yearly events such as Bingo or church dinner tickets are not considered deductible because you are receiving a tangible good or service in exchange. Weekly offerings, however, are almost always deductible. The church can provide a list of your contributions for the year at any time so that you may have documentation of your taxable and non-taxable giving, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about how it all works.