We approach finances differently. “Tithe” isn’t a word you’re going to encounter here. We’re about as likely to mount a traditional stewardship campaign as we are a political one. And positioning Downtown Church in competition with any of the charities you support runs completely counter to how we feel those in need are best helped.

Giving to Downtown Church isn’t about status. Or penance. Or percentages. It’s simply about sustainability — individuals deciding to keep pastors preaching, singers harmonizing, home groups meeting and coffee brewing.

This will never be a church that stratifies people on the basis of their material gifts. But without people who reflect genuinely on their role as contributors, our ability to remain a church will always be in question.

This kind of reflection is private. It’s personal. But it’s not complicated. And, for many, it can be framed in a single question: Am I giving in proportion to what I’m getting?