Few preachers look forward to the opportunity to ask the church for money. We don’t look forward to having our motives questioned, people getting irritable, or doing the “talk of shame” to encourage the church to give to meet budget. If that’s what we think happens in the process of asking the church for money, all of those things will happen–and they should. There is no vision or spirituality behind “the ask,” and the asker lacks personal conviction that encourages people to give.
The Barna Group has released a new study of the impact of recent economic events on giving and other behaviors. Click here to read the report. In summary, it says people have dramatically downsized their giving throughout the recent economic events–in some cases regardless of any real economic impact to