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5 Reasons Why I Teach My Children to Tithe

"see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love."
2 Corinthians 8:7-8

Generosity, tithing (10% of your income) and offering sermons are never popular. Could it be because we sometimes do not like when people mess with our god, causing us to feel the need to defend it? Or perhaps we want to to be in control and do whatever we want with what does not even belong to us in the first place?! I could be wrong but I sense that if we cannot give up everything (including control) we cannot be Jesus' disciples. Jesus never asked for 10%, or 50% or 99%. He asked for 100%.

I teach my children to do two things with their money:

  1. To bring 10% of their income to the church.

  2. To put 10% towards savings.

As Christians we have to be intentional towards generosity. We need to display it to our children and God's house (the church) is a great way to do this. Some people right now are teaching their children to gather, be in total control and fearful when comes to trusting God financially. Don't get me wrong, we must do our part. Tithing is the first step. But there are also offerings and the whole concept of leading a generous life. Do you have to tithe? No. Are there consequences? I believe there is.

Here are five reasons why I teach my children to tithe:

  1. Tithing teaches them gratitude, not a sense of entitlement.

  2. Tithing teaches them that God is in absolute control of their finances not them.

  3. Tithing teaches them to set their treasure in the right place.

  4. Tithing teaches them passion and zeal for God's house.

  5. Tithing teaches them the principle of firstfruits. God must always be first.

How about you? What do you think?


Building a Great Team



Just came across these team training notes, and since my work involves team building and training, I thought this could be helpful.

You cannot build a strong organisation without a strong team. You cannot build a strong team without building the people within the team. Sounds obvious, doesn't it? However many times we see our team as a whole module forgetting the components that make up that module. When dealing with a team I try to keep things as simple as I can. This helps towards effective communication. The chart below has helped me to quickly assess where a team member is at. You might find it overly simple. I like simple. I believe simple can help leaders to unclutter, to see clearly beyond the mess and focus on the results we look for. Every now and then via conversations I ask a team member the following:

  1. What is your main challenge at the moment? This question helps to spot problems.

  2. What do you fell you need in order to perform better? This question helps to spot their main need.

  3. What is your passion? This question helps when recruiting as well as with matching their job description with what they actually enjoy doing. You don't want someone who hates talking on the phone attempting sales calls.

  4. What you can provide. This will help you to think of how you can provide a solution in order for the person to perform better within their team.

Let's look a little bit more into the four categories;

Problem - When you detect a problem (e.g. poor performance) within a team you've got to act immediately. You just cannot afford to ignore the issue and expect it to go away. It won't. The longer you take the more the problem will grow and spread among the team. So write the main problem on this part of the chart.

Need - Is the problem caused by a particular need (e.g. training, budget). Assess the need by asking direct questions (e.g. what do you think your primary need is?).  Also assess past performance to detect not perceived but actual needs.

Passion - Do you know what your team member is passionate about? This part of the chart should be revealing something to you. Is the person in the right role? Perhaps their dreams are different to what they are doing at the moment. People will flourish when they start doing what they love. After discussing the topic add their passion to this part of the chart.

Solution - This is your chance to write down a solution in order to move your team member forward. Take this opportunity to describe what is required from you and your team member in order to achieve results. Be concise and clear - I've found that too much information tends to get people confused.

The chart above can also be used as a tool in interviews, appraisals, coaching and informal meetings.  If you want to zero in on a problem, focus, think, develop and provide clear solutions with clear instructions, why not give the above development chart a try and let me know if it worked for you too.


Why not keep it simple!


New Seasons Are Great

Hello I am Eric De Souza and I am very excited about this new venture with my wife as our passion is the body of Christ (a.k.a. The Church). Our aim is to equip the church whether by answering simple questions such as, "Why do we do what we do?" or providing God answers to facilitate change. We do this through our books and speaking engagements. watch out for my first book 'Voices' coming up soon. I hope you will find everything in our ministry simple yet not simplistic. It's hard to diffuse a message you do not believe in, with that in mind we will strive to make faith clear yet tangible and powerful (Mt. 4:17, Hb. 4:16).

I sincerely hope you feel at home here making this website perhaps an extension of your living room. And even if you are a busy entrepreneur or on your toes most of the time you can access our mobile site as easily and take us with you wherever you go.

"…whatever you get, get understanding",
King Solomon
Proverbs 4:7

Eric De Souza
King's Life Ministries