5 Reasons People Aren't Giving Faithfully To Your Church

Casey Graham thinks that there are 5 key reasons people aren’t giving as faithfully or consistently to your church as you want them to:

1. People don’t feel NEEDED

At one time, I remember church funding being ALL about need!  The “weekly need” was published in the bulletin and the goal was to meet the weekly need.  I believe we have swung the pendulum too far away from this.

We don’t want to be “that” church so we try to make our churches look like everything is professional and “done”.  People park the cars in the parking lot, we have nice signs, and have great children’s workers.  We are trained to create a culture where everything feels “done” and people feel welcomed more than needed.

2. People don’t understand

I truly believe if people just had a clear picture of where the church is headed, you could solve most of your funding issues.  People need VISION and CLARITY about the future more than we think they do.  People’s giving rarely increases unless you give them something to stretch for.  We find that when a church has 3-4 objectives they want to accomplish through their operational budget and they highlight them to the congregation and make a SPECIFIC ask, people move their giving!  Ask this question:

3. People feel like the church wants something from them, not for them

I have found that pastors think they are closer to their people than they really are.  You know who I learn the most from when meeting with staff teams?  The spouses.  The spouses that are not on staff give me more insight into the relational credibility of the senior leadership more than the staff team.  Here is the deal; most of the time we stay quiet about money until we need some.  This is why you have to create RELATIONAL EQUITY with your donors each day, week, month and year.

4. People aren’t educated

I have met with over 1,000 people in a 1-on-1 financial coaching environment.  I never met with one person that was tithing.  Most people would say to me, “We can’t tithe.”  About 90 minutes later they would walk out of the meeting knowing they COULD tithe, but they are choosing not to.  In reality they are choosing five magazine subscriptions over giving to God.  That is just reality.

5. People don’t know what is expected

It is so funny that we want to reach all these lost people, but we rarely tell them what the Bible says about giving.  It is 100% expected of us to give to God & be generous.  How are you helping people understand the theology of giving and all the Bible has to say about it?  When people know what is expected, they will often times meet that expectation.

// Read more from Casey here… 5 Reasons People Aren’t Giving Faithfully To Your Church.

What do you think are the main reasons people aren’t giving consistently to YOUR church?



  • Steve Miller December 11, 2012 Reply

    This list seems more like why people won’t give to a charity or local social organization; maybe the problem is people are prone to forget Whose the church is, and what their purpose in life is, or the great cost invested in winning their salvation. Maybe if people understood the Gospel better they would understand the life implications.

  • James December 11, 2012 Reply

    I believe giving is so much bigger than just giving “money” to an organization. Not much is said about giving your time, talent and money. There have been times in my life I haven’ given money to the church, but I’ve certainly given something a whole lot more valueable and that was my gifts, talents, training, abilities, skills, etc. If there were to be a monetary value place on what I “gave” with my gifts, talents, etc. the 10% expected in tithing would look like a joke on the legder.
    However, it isn’t about any of that. Giving anything from the heart is worth more than the millions given in obligation, guilt and shame. Haven’t we learned the lessons Jesus taught us about the talents. Jesus made “no” comment on how those talents were invested. The one that received scorn was the one that was buried, wasted, no risk taken, no investment. I believe if that third man had made a passionate investment in something and lost it all, Jesus would have rewarde him for the risk, desire and passion to do something. The Spirit of God is too overwhelmingly creative to just give to the “church”. There are other reasons people don’t tithe. 1). They are not a part of the decisions of that leadership. 2). Poor stewardship on the part of leaders and followers lose confidence. 3). Down right theft, and abuse of funds. 4). Money doesn’t go where it has been designated by the giver.
    Explore some of those reasons, and you find out people are skeptical of the wisdom church leaders exercise, not just with money, but with people.

  • Chris December 12, 2012 Reply

    The church does a poor job in teaching its members to be good financial stewards. To much focus is in the 10% at the expense of the 90%. http://www.calledtoprovide.org

  • Lci Maranatha July 3, 2013 Reply

    Fantastic pointers, Another reason is that maybe they haven’t been taught on loyalty or commitment to a church. Read “Meg Church” by Dag Heward-MIlls to find out more on this subject. And how you can increase both the number of committed members and givers in your church. Be blessed! 🙂

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