This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
So often we get caught up in how much money we make and how many things we want to spend our money on, but we sometimes forget the importance of giving. Pastor Bryan describes the Monthly Giving Worksheet that can help you and your family better evaluate your giving.
- Having a clear way to break down your income and expenses can give you the best idea of where your money is going. The Evaluating Your Monthly Giving worksheet gives you several categories to put your expenses in, showing you where your money is going each month. So often people don’t realize just how much of their money they are spending in certain areas, and this worksheet gives you an opportunity to better know that.
- For those considering giving more or tithing, it is so much more helpful to know where your money is currently going so that you can budget appropriately. Not only can going through this help you better understand your spending and expenses, you can use it as a tool to model to your children or other family members the importance of giving to the church. By going through the discussion questions at the end, you open up the conversation about giving to the kingdom of God the create an opportunity to learn and grow as a family.
- The final portion of the worksheet encourages you to make a pledge and commit to giving or giving more. The Bible teaches us that your heart follows your treasures, so by placing financial importance in the category of giving, it helps to remind us where our hearts should ultimately be.
We are not supposed to let money rule our lives, but keeping a balanced understanding of where your finances are can give you the freedom to not only give more but to release some financial stress. This worksheet offers you a tool and a challenge for keeping your heart in a healthy place in your pursuit of God.
Written content for this topic by Andi Dolinsky-Webb.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Which of the categories are most surprising to you, and why?
- Compare your total expenses from Step 1 with your total monthly income. What is your monthly estimated profit (or loss)?
- From the 9 categories in Step 1, where do you need to spend less? How will you do it?
- Now fill out Step 2, and take the total of the three boxes. Divide that number by your monthly income to find your giving percentage. Are you surprised?
- Use the space in Step 4 to make a commitment as a family to step up your giving in the next 12 months.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.