The Coming Revolution in Church Economics: Why Tithes and Offerings Are No Longer Enough, and What You Can Do About It
:Local church pastors, church planters, and nonprofit organizational leaders are beginning to recognize that tithes and offerings alone are no longer enough to provide for the needs of their ministries, enable them to pursue opportunities, and sustain long-term impact. Growing...
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:Local church pastors, church planters, and nonprofit organizational leaders are beginning to recognize that tithes and offerings alone are no longer enough to provide for the needs of their ministries, enable them to pursue opportunities, and sustain long-term impact. Growing financial burdens on the middle class, documented decline in religious contributions, shifting generational attitudes toward giving, and changing demographics are having a negative impact on ministry. With a number of states already taxing church property, and the possibility that churches may someday lose tax-exempt status altogether, the time to pivot is now. Our entire understanding of ministry sustainability must change. What's needed is disruptive innovation in church economics.
For churches to not only survive but thrive financially in the future, leaders must understand why, what, and how they can leverage assets, bless communities, empower entrepreneurs, and create multiple streams of income to effectively fund their mission.
Harry Li is the Campus Pastor of Mosaic and came on staff in 2002, when the church was six months old. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho where he taught for 10 years. Harry and his wife, Melanie, reside in Little Rock and have three daughters, Anna, Katie and Meredith.
Dr. Mark DeYmaz (D.Min., Phoenix Seminary) is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas (www.mosaicchurch.net), a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church where significant percentages of Black and White Americans, together with men and women from more than 30 nations, walk, work and worship God together as one. A recognized leader in the emerging Multi-ethnic Church Movement, Marks book, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church (Jossey-Bass/Leadership Network, 2007), provides the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church and outlines seven core commitments required to bring it about. Recently he has authored Ethnic Blends: Mixing Diversity Into the Local Church