Tithing means giving the first 10% of your gross income to your local church. And it’s the biblical cornerstone of giving. Tithing is established in the Old Testament (Gen 14:20, Gen 28:20-22, Deut 26:1-2, 2 Chron 31:4-5), and it is reaffirmed by Jesus (Luke 11:42). The examples we have in scripture show tithe money supporting the work of the local faith community. In our context that equals the local church.
Because of the size and breadth of Crossroads, it is always difficult to know whose hearts are truly invested in our community. According to Jesus in Matthew 6:21, the best way to know if someone’s heart is in line with the mission that God has given to us is to look to see where their treasure is deposited. If someone is not “in” financially, they are never fully in, even if they dedicate a lot of time to that endeavor (which is important).
The tithe is income-based so it does not discriminate in favor of the wealthy, ensuring everyone has equal access to the Blue Team.
The Blue Team is self-declared. We trust that people who sign up are following Jesus when he says our yes should be yes (Matt 5:37) and that they are adhering to the tithing definition outlined above.
If you are new to Crossroads, or if you aren't tithing, that’s okay. Crossroads is still for you and we are thrilled that you are part of our community. You can always sign up for the Blue Team when you are ready. To learn more about our views on giving and tithing, please check out the Blessed Life series that we did in Fall 2019.