Giving to the Lord is best done through the local congregation (2 Cor 9:1-8), whether it is to help the poor (Rom 15:26), to spread the Gospel in new areas (2 Cor 10:15-16), or to care for the material needs of the pastors (2 Cor 12:13; 1 Tim 5:17-18). While there are more important issues, giving is still important (Matt 23:23). Generosity in giving is to be encouraged as much as growth in other disciplines (2 Cor 8:7).