The money offered to God goes into supporting the church projects such as construction and maintenance of the church, funding missionary programs and buying and preparing materials used in church classes and groups. More importantly, this money serves as the operating fund for the church.
The money offered to God by believers helps to support various ministries of the church such as conferences, crusades, education programs and other functions. As an operating fund, church money is also used to sustain the ministers appointed by God to do his work of speaking words of life to the people and to support other personnel engaged in evangelistic and nurturing ministries.
The two major forms of giving to God are tithe and offering. Tithe is giving 10 percent of a person’s income. Offering is the form of giving where a person searches his heart and decides to give, outside of the tithe, but not as a substitute for tithe. These forms of giving have been reiterated by several scriptures in both the old and New Testament. For instance, Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20).
Besides regular giving, notably, churches also introduce some other form of giving as need may arise. The church may ask people to give to a certain course such as supporting a member’s wedding, paying school fees for the needy and feeding the poor.