They call it "donor funds" but is it really voluntary?
I once had a colleague who belonged to that church and she mentioned 10% of her pay each month is transferred to the church by GIRO..
So I asked her, why 10%?
10% seems a lot to me.. If on average, 1 person earns about $1.5K, so "donate" about $150 to church, then multiply by 30,000 people..
wow.. $4.5 million already!
Not to mention, only for 1 month.. if 1 year then $54 million...
It is called tithing. Based on New Creation's membership which is even bigger, this tithing is very significant for them to be able to invest in a good church premise.
The 10% amount is based on an Old Testament practice of giving 10% of your produce. But bear in mind in that day's context, the tithe was not only used to maintain God's temple, but also for day to day running of the community i.e. your modern day income tax.
This amount is still recommended today by many churches. But of course this is voluntary, and beside there are other ways to give back to the church beside monetary contributions, e.g. serving in ministries, cooking refreshments, flower offerings, etc. The issue with CHC was that the church was quite strict in enforcing this 10% rule. Although yes technically it is voluntary, if you are in a CG, if you late or do not pay your tithe, there is emotional repercussions from your leaders and members if you get what I mean.