I just wonder, does a healthy church really need to pressure the congregation into greater giving? I’m not sure I have an answer. It seems to me that a strong church family gives faithfully to fund the work of the kingdom. The pastor of the church I currently attend has not once asked the brothers and sisters to tithe for paying the monthly bills, yet we have a respectable buffer and we managed to pay off the church mortgage. I realize that large facilities have high maintenance costs. I just wonder.
“The ‘I’m All In’ financial campaign featured the church goals of ‘reach, win, grow.’ Leadership asked the congregation to make the commitment to step up in their giving. If they weren’t giving, they were to begin. If they were giving, they were to step up to a percentage of their income. If they were already giving a percentage, they were asked to commit to a greater percentage each coming year in regular weekly contributions. The final step up was to go above and beyond the 10 percent of tithing to ‘Excel in your giving beyond any minimum expectations. Great results follow great sacrifice. Are you All In?’” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 36.)
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