great story taken from here
The day came when their long-time church treasurer resigned. The church then asked the local grain elevator manager to take the position. He agreed under two conditions. (1) That no treasurer’s report would be given for the first year. (2) That no questions be asked about finances during that year. The people were surprised but finally agreed since most of them did business with him and he was a highly trusted man.
At the end of his first year as church treasurer, he gave his report:
* The church indebtedness of $228,000 has been paid.
* The minister’s salary had been increased by 8%.
* The Cooperative Program gifts has been paid 200%.
* There were no outstanding bills.
* And there was a cash balance of $11,252!
Immediately the shocked congregation asked, “How did you do it? Where did the money come from?” He quietly answered: “Most of you bring your grain to my elevator. Throughout the year I simply, without your knowledge, withheld ten percent on your behalf and gave it to the church in your name. You didn’t even miss it! Do you see what we could do for the Lord if we were all willing to give at least the tithe to God?” And so the new treasurer had made his point.