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Sometimes, it is not about budget-cutting. Sometimes, we simply need to make more money. In this episode, I talk to Thom Rainer about how to leverage the gig economy and make more money.
More churches are adding online giving, but the tried-and-true offering plate still brings in the most money. A recent study found 74 percent of U.S. churches offer congregants the ability to give online. That’s up from 42 percent just a few years ago in 2015.
I grew up in a context where the preacher was expected to “step on toes.” If you didn’t step on toes, you weren’t really preaching. However, I started to understand that stepping on toes was nothing more than behavior modification. I found that it was easy, sometimes sinful, to step on toes. It allowed the preacher to get away with bitterness and anger towards his people because, after all, they needed their toes stepped on. So, preaching became more of a weekly scolding instead of a time of worship.
I don’t know a church that doesn’t want their church members to give more. Here are some reasons members sometimes don’t get there, however:
This Week at ThomRainer.com:
To a Church Seeking Revitalization…
This letter is obviously meant for prospective pastors, but I can see it modified and used in a context other than revitalization. Expectations need to be clear and mutually agreed to. Then, and only then, can leaders and members move forward with the great mission God has called us to serve…READ MORE
Church Sickness #3: Detail Distraction
Detail Distraction happens when there is too much focus on minor issues to the detriment of major issues.