Church on the Corner

Church on the Corner is an Anglican church in an old pub in Islington, London


Chatting to Pete Burnham after football last night (good result for the vaders!) about the idea of tithing our time. It came up for me when I was preparing this talk on generosity. It is often said of people working in London that they are cash rich/time poor. I don’t know about the cash rich bit at all, but the time poor bit I think we can relate to. As much as the answer should be that we do less, that may be very hard. A different approach might be to discipline ourselves to use our time better.

How about the idea of tithing 10% of our time – (that would look like 4 hours a week, or two days a month) – to do something for no financial gain, but using our talents for the sake of others. I have a feeling that some big companies even encourage this sort of activity. 4 hours a week of volunteering, either at church, or in the community or for a project or campaign that you are passionate about. What do you think?

[photo by corcc]


2 thoughts on “Time

  1. Jimmy Smooth says:

    Just to add I think ‘busyness’ is one of the key enemies of our age and location here in London. “Sorry too busy” to carry on…

  2. Jimmy Smooth says:

    I find the idea of tithing time very helpful and Mark, I found that homegroup audio thing you did AMAZING!!! I know it seriously made me think about things all week and has had ongoing implication plus a load of gags between Jon O and I. It was great to be homegroup and to be considering being more generous in spirit also. A good path to explore in the mind and in action. Very healthy. Thanks James

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