SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OF TITHING
“To start on your journey toward prosperity, I’d like to first introduce you to the ancient spiritual law of tithing. Tithing means giving back to God one-tenth of everything you receive. And why shouldn’t you? After all, you commonly say “Thank you” and give a gift of appreciation to someone who has been very generous with you. Why not with God?”
-Rev. Edwene Gaines,
The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity
Common Questions about Tithing
What Is a Tithe?
The word “tithe” means a tenth. To tithe is to return 10% of all we receive to a person, place or institution from which we have received spiritual food.
What Is Spiritual Food?
Spiritual food is that which inspires us, teaches us, reminds us of the Truth and causes us to remember who we really are.
- Tithing establishes order in our life and the life of our ministry. God first!
- Tithing is a sure way to prosper.
- Tithing enables us to bless others through the work of God.
- We tithe, not primarily because we are supposed to, but because we joyfully want to. We tithe because we have discovered that it is a great and creative adventure, and because its rewards are surprising, enriching, increasing, and unending
What About Tithing to Charity?
When discussing tithing, we are often asked about giving to charity. However, we do not give to charity in place of a tithe. We tithe to where we are spiritually fed, giving to God first, and then we give over and above our 10% tithe. Each month we give $250.00 in “seed money” to a charitable organization, over and above the 10% ministry tithe. “Seed money” is planting seeds of prosperity in our community.
Unity of Phoenix Commitment to
Unity of Phoenix is committed to tithing 10% of all worship receipts to those places where our ministry has been spiritually fed. This may include individuals, organizations, churches or groups. Monthly, we give locally, nationally and internationally.
“One of the most practical and sensible ways of seeking God’s kingdom first is to be a tither, to put God first in finances. It is the promise of God, the logical thing to do, and the experience of all who have tried it, that all things necessary to your welfare have been added to you in an overflowing measure.”
– Charles Fillmore, Unity’s Co-Founder, from his book, Prosperity
Trust That God Is Your Source, Your Infinite Supply
I thought I had reached the pinnacle of my legal career when I was elected partner at a major Phoenix law firm in 1994. I knew my family’s financial security was sound.
But by 2000, I was suffering from debilitating migraine headaches that were interfering with every aspect of my life. I had tried everything to stop them, from diet to preventative medications, but nothing worked.
I finally decided I had to change my work environment, and abruptly left the firm to start my own law practice and work from home. I was terrified! I was the sole source of income for my family and had no clue where my next paycheck would come from. But my husband and I stayed committed to tithing during this time of financial uncertainty, did a ton of prayer work, and took the 4Ts class at Unity of Phoenix to help us stay grounded in knowing God is our source.
I never would have dreamed I could do better financially on my own than with a big firm, or had the courage to try, until life literally knocked me in the head. But it was truly amazing how all the pieces of what I thought was my shattered life fell together perfectly. A simple tip from a friend opened doors almost effortlessly.
Everything clicked into place and it was like I never missed a paycheck. I’ve tripled my old firm income, my migraines are history, and I have much more time and flexibility to be with my family and serve my Unity community. Through the principles of tithing, my health is
better, my relationships are better, my life has better balance, and it’s such a blessing to write those tithe checks!
Many of us worry about the current economic forecast. But one thing is certain — God will provide! Especially in times of uncertainty, we need to continue to tithe, make good on our pledges, and give thanks for the abundance in our lives. Giving keeps us in the flow of God’s good. So trust that God is your source, your infinite supply, and that there is no lack or limitation in your life. That’s the simple Truth.
By Pam Petersen
Past President 2008
Unity of Phoenix Board of Trustees