Originally Posted by Gumby
Someone has to pay the pastor, keep the lights and heat on in the meetinghouse, etc. Think of it as a user fee, not charity.
Solely as an economic comparison, I pay 120 dollars per month at the 24 hour gym. There are 200 "members" at the gym to sustain it, cool or heat it, keep the lights on and pay the trainers and coaches. That's 20k per month for operating budget. Oh and said gym also needs to earn a profit.
So how much do churches take in and need to operate ? I'd guess 100 - 200 bucks per family for a church with 200 families is more than adequate.
1000 dollars per month just seems astronomical to me for a young family to pay as a "user fee" every month .. and that budget in improper hands seems very prone for misuse.
My opinion only. No intent to hijack the discussion of budget and FIRE. Tithe is a choice and is discretionary in nature hence the pause and debate. For some it's a non starter to adjust. For others it can be reduced when other objectives take higher priority.