For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

- Matthew 6:21

Why we give.

God is generous and so he calls us to be as well.  What we do with what God has given us shows the world where our hearts are at and helps proclaim the gospel. We want to glorify God with every area of our lives, and that includes what we do with our finances.

Tithes and Offerings

Biblical Tithe

The Bible describes tithe as 10% of income. People "returned tithe" to God at their place of worship. These tithes would provide a living for the priests that served there. When a person returned tithe, it signified that God was Lord of all they had. (Hebrews 7:2, Genesis 28:22)

Tithe in the Adventist Denomination

In the 1870's, the Seventh-day Adventist Church adopted the biblical tithing principle as the primary mechanism for supporting our worldwide mission. This consistent plan of sharing resources is one key component that has enabled our church and its message to grow and remain firm in many parts of the world.

What Happens to the Tithe I Return?

All tithe is sent by the local church to the Oregon Conference where it is distributed throughout the conference and the world.

Tithe is to be used to support the evangelistic outreach and nurturing ministries of the Church.

The majority of Oregon tithe supports ministry within the Oregon Conference. 


Offerings are acts of worship, beyond tithe, that we choose to give. Offerings are given as a free-will heartfelt response to the blessings of God. (Deuteronomy 16:17)

Many church ministries depend on faithful offerings.

  • In most cases, an additional 4-7% offering would fully support the local church budget.
  • Oregon Conference Youth Support provides resources for senior academies, Big Lake Youth Camp, and young adult ministries. 
  • World Budget supports disaster and famine relief, higher education, media ministries, and other mission outreach.