By Keith Hamilton
Recently, Keith Hamilton of Church Financial Services of the Georgia Baptist Convention surveyed 1,800 pastors to discover if their church offerings had increased in 2009. Keith wanted to discover what churches were doing during these difficult economic times to increase giving. The following is a summary of his findings and his suggestions for pastors and other church leaders:
Pastor after pastor reported how unemployment had hit thier church hard, but survey respondent Pastor Matt Stacy voiced their collective belief; "The cure for our current economic hardship is not to wring our hands over pitiful funds, but to wrap our arms around our Providing Father." Matt was on target with his response and words of encouragement. The responses from the churches that had increased their giving recently fell into the following five common categories.
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