After several years of fumbling about, I finally determined that I will address bad providing as I’d any other issue in the church: by taking the lead to find out the trigger, to obviously describe that cause to my people, and to problem them to accomplish what they will to resolve it.
Here are three measures you can try resolve any giving crisis: 1. Always check the offering documents to find out the cause. Your promotions haven’t reduced for a few strange or mystical reason. They’ve dropped because some of your individuals have failed to offer while they should. Have your church treasurer study the providing files and tell you what changes he sees in your people’s Church giving software patterns. You never necessarily need to find out the names of these whose giving is falling; nevertheless, you do need to know if a big donor has ended providing, or if ten people who frequently tithe have given a much smaller total than normal.
2. Directly handle the matter along with your congregation. Clearly describe the type of the issue (“We’re $1,500 behind each month”) and its causes (“Five customers gave nothing last month,” or “Twelve families significantly lowered their providing the last four weeks”). You can do this in a matter of fact way without singling anyone out and without scolding or shaming your people.
3. Problem your church family to accomplish what they should to repair the problem. I always took the position that poor offering wasn’t primarily the pastor’s issue (assuming I was providing obediently), but that it was a crisis our entire church family should own. It had been their duty to give to overcome the crises that they had created. Thus, I’d frankly problem them to do what they will to keep our finances stable. As an example, here is a genuine page I sent to the people and normal attendees on April 20, 1999, about a offering crisis we were in.
Precious Buddy, I am publishing to you, a part of our church household, to let you know our choices have now been down within the last handful of months. It has created a budget problem we must not ignore. Because our new budget year began on July 1, we have dropped behind by $4,646.00. If this tendency remains we may find ourselves in strong trouble soon, because our budget contains no “fluff.” How do I describe that deficit? It’s perhaps not due to anything mysterious or mystical. It’s discussed by the following facts:
Three members (who focused on providing 10% inside their membership covenant) haven’t provided anything for four or even more months. One member has not given such a thing for 2 months. Three members have not given their usual tithe amount, but have considerably decreased their giving, for two to four months. (This doesn’t contain one member household who has been unemployed for a number of months–but who is still offering!).
Five regularly attending families/individuals have reduced their providing from their normal amount for two to four months.
These providing reduces take into account approximately $4,000.00 of our $4,646.00 deficit. As your pastor I am wondering you to please prayerfully assess your offering to see if you should be acting as a loyal steward of God’s money. And if you have been careless in your providing, please think over creating that which you have missed!
Of course, if you have had a financial situation which accounts for your lowered providing, we understand, and would want to have the ability to wish, guide, and encourage you. Just let’s know! No one loves to possess to fairly share money, but I recently thought you have to know what’s going on. You have been an incredibly providing congregation for quite some time, so I’ve assurance you can do what you can to greatly help meet our recent need. Please be praying with shameless persistence for our offerings to improve to meet up our economic needs.