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Showing posts with label Mega Churches Financial Support New Life First Baptist Church Episocopal Headquarters Focus On The Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mega Churches Financial Support New Life First Baptist Church Episocopal Headquarters Focus On The Family. Show all posts

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Will The Mega Church Be Able To Stand During This Financial Storm?

It seem like a Number of churches and religious organizations are experiencing a downturn in their financial support in the past few weeks. Long time ago churches would have mortgage burning services to show how happy they were to end debt. I don't know if that is true today. I don't believe the church should have an on-going mortgage especially if the plan is to reach souls for Christ. We the congregation can't do what God has called us to do if we are burden down with alot of debt and neither can the church. A lot of churches have been caught up in the corporate America mentality. Secular business methods were brought into the “Church” when Churches played to the “Businessmen” in the congregation (the men with the money), elected them to boards and started using their methods for “running” the “Church”.

Most Churches today function just like secular businesses do, in the last quarter of the year they start putting together their business plan for the next year. They calculate expected expenditures for the next year, and any new expenditures, derived not through prayer and direction form God but by secular business methods and then calculate how much in tithes they need to fleece through guilt from the congregation to support their plan! Here's a compendium of articles on the subject:

Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, Colorado) eliminates 202 jobs or 15 percent of its staff in Colorado Springs.

New Life(Colorado Springs, Colorado), the church formerly pastored by Ted Haggard, announced a layoff of 44 people, or 12 percent of its workforce.

First Baptist Church (Weston, Florida) delayed plans for a new $4 million building due to budget shortfalls.

Episocopal headquarters (New York City, New York) noted that the denominations endowment fund declined about 30 percent this year.

The following Christian colleges are closing because of poor finances: Cascade College (Portland, Oregon), Taylor University undergraduate program (Fort Wayne Indiana), Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Owatonna, Minnesota), Vennard College (University Park, Iowa).

Seventh-Day Adventist headquarters (Silver Spring, Maryland) announced a wage freeze, budget cuts and project delays.

Various missions organizations, nationwide and global charities are also reporting downturns. It's a known fact that during economic downturns, people are more apt to focus their attention on local causes. Missions groups and global charities will be susceptible. We can expect more of this in the months to come especially with some of our mega churches. In other words the church bottom line should not be the same as a business bottom line. Money!