Relational Tithe was founded by Shane Claiborne and Darin Peterson. The vision is to have a place on the web where people can be involved in meeting the needs of others. Users post their needs, which include everything from travel expenses, rent or auto repairs. Members of the site then have an opportunity to give financially to those in need through the site.
In theory I love this concept. In the past, when we were without a local church body, we have adopted the same principles of tithing. We would set aside our tithe and wait for the Lord to present us with an opportunity to bless someone through our giving. We felt like we were actually living out what the church was intended to be whenever we helped someone cover their rent, or go on a missions trip, or fund their music ministry, etc.
We always found it to be a far more fulfillling method of “tithing” then simply scratching a check and putting it into the collection plate religiously each week.
So I thought we could talk about this a little bit. First the pros (which are obvious) and cons (which I have found of a few) of the website. Also, the idea of a “relational tithe” in general. Is it a more accurate model of what the church did in Acts? Why don’t we see more bodies of believers going in this direction today?