I think if you take a look at developing countries where religion can often be much more dogmatic, tithing takes place even if it is not "enforced". One of the interesting things about the current Pope is he came under a lot of negative scrutiny in his own church as he often pointed out the disparity between the people he served and the impact their tithing, "voluntary" or not had on their own lives compared to the luxury that it went towards in the higher reaches of the Catholic Church. The reason I use quotes on voluntary is because having seen how some churches of various denominations in such cultures, the idea is that is is up to the individual but the implied undertone is that any don't give as much as they can is not a good _____________ (insert religion here). and often "good enough" is more than the individual or their families should surrender to keeping an organization afloat. I have seen all kinds of religious practices, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist etc. in some way or form Faithmail their people to provide Organizational support beyond taking care of the fellow needy.
And in this specific case, wouldn't Jeremy's tithes basically pay his own salary at the church? Or go through the loophole of tax write offs to provide for himself in terms of lodging and food depending on how that church takes care of their satellite minister. I'd like to see their financials and how Jeremy balances his monetary gains with the show and his role as pastor in this church. I would not be surprised if the TLC paycheck grossly overshadows his pastor "pay". Not that I think TLC is making him rich. I just tend to think there can't be much to the spoon stirring the pot in Laredo. Or much to stir in a piddling pot with the numbers of the congregation. But I wonder how much he is "giving" back to the church? Does he preach for free or does he double dip as it were? (as irreligious as I am I actually know of two cases where small struggling churches have ministers that have jobs so their churches don't have to pay them. One basically works two to keep the power and heat on in the church as well as does all the lawn care, painting etc.- something tells me that the prissy smug Jeremy is more 'Let's talk About Jesus...and how he makes Me feel and be").