Immediately address the issue together with your congregation. Obviously describe the nature of the problem (“We are $1,500 behind monthly”) and its triggers (“Five members gave nothing last month,” or “Twelve people somewhat decreased their giving the last one month”). You can do this in a matter of truth way without singling anyone out and without scolding or shaming your people.
3. Challenge your Church online giving family to do what they should to correct the problem. I always took the career that poor offering was not mostly the pastor’s issue (assuming I was giving obediently), but that it was a situation our entire church household should own. It was their obligation to give overcome the crises that they’d created. Therefore, I’d boldly problem them to accomplish what they ought to to help keep our finances stable. Like, here’s an actual letter I sent to your members and standard attendees on March 20, 1999, of a providing crisis we were in.
Precious Friend, I am writing to you, a part of our church household, to tell you our attractions have now been down within the last couple 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 that development remains we will discover ourselves in heavy difficulty shortly, since our budget includes number “fluff.” How can I describe that deficit? It’s perhaps not due to such a thing mysterious or mystical. It is discussed by the following facts:
Three members (who devoted to offering 10% inside their account covenant) have not given such a thing for four or maybe more months. One member hasn’t given such a thing for just two months. Three customers haven’t provided their normal tithe amount, but have significantly decreased their offering, for two to four months. (This does not contain one member family who has been unemployed for all months–but who’s still giving!).
Five often joining families/individuals have lowered their providing from their usual amount for 2 to four months.
These giving decreases take into account around $4,000.00 of our $4,646.00 deficit. As your pastor I’m asking one to please prayerfully assess your providing to see if you are acting as a faithful steward of God’s money. And if you have been bad in your offering, please consider making up everything you have missed!
Of course, when you yourself have had a financial disaster which accounts for your lowered offering, we understand, and would want to have the ability to pray, support, and encourage you. Only let us know! Nobody likes to own to share with you money, but I just believed you need to know what’s planning on. You have been a wonderfully providing congregation for quite some time, therefore I’ve assurance you is going to do what you may to help meet our recent need. Please be praying with shameless persistence for our offerings to increase to meet our economic needs.
Our persons reacted effectively to this letter and our offering was right back on course in a few months. Once you fall under a giving disaster, don’t ignore it and hope it should go away. Get the reality, share them with your congregation, and challenge them to accomplish what’s right. In most cases they will.