It's not a money thing. It's a heart thing.
There's only one place in the Bible where God told His followers to test Him. In the book of Malachi, when teaching about generosity, God said, "Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven." But it's not about the money. When it comes to our finances, what God really wants from us is our hearts and our trust.
Tithing—a giving principle that teaches us to give the first 10% of our income to the local church—is one of the most tangible ways we can worship God. It declares that He is first in our lives and opens our hearts to His plans. If you're not tithing already, a great way to start is with the 90-Day Challenge.
We believe wholeheartedly that God blesses those who live generously, so we want to issue a challenge: Tithe for three months and see what happens. If you don't start to see a transformation in your heart or in your life, we will refund 100% of your tithe—no questions asked. (If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org—we’re here to help!)
Let's trust Him and watch what He does.
God works big in little ways.
Our prayer for you is that God will begin to work in your life in a way that causes your heart to overflow with God's love and grace, that it transforms your life, and that it deepens your faith and trust in Him. But God's blessing might not come in a blank check in your mailbox. Keep your eyes and hearts open so that you don't miss seeing God's provision and faithfulness in your life.
Frequently asked questions
What does my tithe support?
Your tithe goes to Cedar Bend’s general fund, which supports all of the operations of the church, including Kids Ministries, rent and insurance of buildings and the organization, staff compensation, expansion efforts, and our local and global partners. Cedar Bend is unique in that we are a one-fund organization (except when conducting any future capital campaigns), so all we do is paid from the general fund.
How much of my tithe can be refunded?
We will refund 100% of the tithe you gave during the 90-Day Challenge period. This period begins on the day you submitted your commitment form. Tithes or offerings given prior to this date will not be refunded.
How long do I have to request a refund?
Requests for a refund must be received within 120 days of when you submitted your commitment form—30 days after your 90-Day Challenge ends.
Do I have to wait until the 90 days is over to request a refund?
No. You may request a refund at any time as long as it falls within 120 days of when you submitted your commitment form.
How do I request a refund?
How will I receive my refund?
All refunds, regardless of how the tithe was given (check, credit card, cash), will be issued by check and mailed to the address on file.
Will I receive a year-end tax statement?
Yes, no matter what method of giving used, your gifts will be recorded and tracked. To ensure cash gifts are being tracked please use an envelope providing your name and address. Statements are available to download any time through https://cedarbendchurch.churchcenter.com. If you would like to receive paper statements, email us at email@example.com and we will make sure to send one out in January.
I already filed my tax return and claimed the tithe I am now requesting to be refunded. What should I do?
If you claimed a deduction on your income tax return for the tithe that will now be refunded, you should consult with a tax advisor on filing an amended return. We will send you a revised giving statement for your records.