Children and Tithing
A recent Leading Ideas article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership shared about teaching children to tithe. Dan Pezet writes that giving to God is a core value of our faith. I agree with him. Giving is at the heart of who we are as Christians. God lives out of generosity and invites us to live out of generosity as well. Our children will never learn this concept unless we teach it.
I remember our children making it very clear that toys belonged to them with a shouted, “Mine!” Only through encouragement and stern words would they freely offer to share a toy with brother, sister, or friend. We are not naturally generous. If we are not taught about generosity, we will never learn to be generous. As Christians we believe that the church and the home are to form us in faith and generosity.
Encouraging children to give to God a portion of their allowance is an excellent way to build generosity. It also requires parents to model generosity through their own behavior. It is not enough to tell our children to do something. It requires our children seeing us do the same. This also includes the rest of the congregation.
What is your congregation doing to model generosity? Do children have an opportunity to participate in the offering? Is the church providing teaching materials for the home related to generosity?