In an earlier post, we shared with you the findings of the Per Capital Task Force. One of the suggestions the Task Force made was for Teaching Elders to consider tithing in part to the Presbytery, as their membership is with the Presbytery. The CLT would like to echo the Task Force’s suggestion.
Some of the thoughts we have regarding this suggestion:
Teaching Elders are often among the top givers in a congregation. What will happen to some of our congregations if they lose a certain amount of revenue? Great question – one for each Teaching Elder to consider and for each financial committee to talk about.
Teaching Elders often feel uncomfortable knowing they are among the top givers in their congregations. Why? They worry about dependence on specific donors in order to balance budgets and how their level of giving affects the overall financial stability of their congregations.
With that said, we would like to encourage our Teaching Elders, those in congregational ministry and those in other validated ministries, to prayerfully consider assigning a portion of their tithe to go directly to the Presbytery as part of their personal stewardship.
Checks can be made out to the Presbytery of New Brunswick and sent to:
13 South Main St. Pennington, NJ 08534