The Funny Thing about Tithing

The average tithe of Protestant church go-ers’ income in 1933 (during the Great Depression) was 3.3%.

In 2006, it was 2.6%.

What do you make of that?

source: Barna Research

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    Wow. Although it doesn’t surprise me. People are brought up with a “me first” mentality rather than being others-centered.

    I’d love your source to share with my pastor if you could email that to me. Thanks!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Hi Mocha Linda…
    Okay…I added the source!

  3. Latin Jeannie says:

    Many people think of tithing as a duty of giving money to the church to do as it sees fit or perhaps, as a means for the church to get their money. Tihting is really about obedience to and trust in God. He really doesn’t need 10% of our money when 100% belongs to Him to begin with. In God’s plan for our lives, He’s chosen to have us partner with Him to do His work in all facets of life, including with our finances. Tithing is a Biblical principle designed to not only bless the recipient but also, the giver. When we the church get a hold of that revelation, we’ll see a change in those statistics.

  4. Lily Ann says:

    Latin Jeannie has a true grasp on the Biblical meaning and reason for tithing. When we walk in obedience to God and any area of our lives, we invite his blessings. God says more about money in the Bible than any other topic. Suzanne’s statistics are right. It’s a sad commentary on the Christian’s pocketbook. Show me your checkbook and I will see your heart towards God.