COVID-19 Impact on Church Giving with Brian Kluth
The numbers are starting to come in and they’re not good. The COVID-19 crisis has caused a significant downturn in church giving. That much was expected. But what can we do about it? With millions of Americans out of work and services canceled for weeks, churches are struggling. Rob West talks with Brian Kluth of the National Association of Evangelicals about a battle plan for the coming financial challenges.
• Pastor Brian Kluth is a noted speaker and author on church giving and currently serves as director of the NAE’s multi-year initiative to address the economic needs of pastors.
• Giving has gone down in 65% of churches, a much worse figure than the #StateofthePlate Recession when 38% of churches saw giving declines.
• 30% of church families reported losing income or jobs.
• Good news: 48% of churches are reaching 2 to 5+ times more people online than in their normal weekend services in January.
• Some churches are starting to hold services again but with significant restrictions on seating and capacity. Pastors are reporting about attendance during the shutdown.
• Here’s a 10-step battle plan for pastors and church leaders to meet this financial crisis: (1) Review available COVID-19 church resources, (2) reopen under government guidelines, (3) choose a weekly offertory verse, (4) start or expand a benevolence program, (5) reassess and rebuild the church budget, (6) distribute 30- or 40-day devotionals, (7) help co-sponsor a Saturday financial conference event, (8) minister to the financially hurting and financially healthy, (9) participate in the Easy 1-2-3 Bless Your Pastor national movement, (10) seek the Lord and evaluate options for your church’s future.
• If you can find a way to increase your church giving (even temporarily), it would be a huge help.
• State of the Plate 2-Minute Poll - Coronavirus/COVID-19 Financial Impact on Your Family & Church(http://www.stateoftheplate.info/2020results.pdf)
• 10-Step #WinningBattlePlan for Churches to Defeat the Coming $$$ Challenges(http://www.stateoftheplate.info/10steps.pdf)
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