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Wordwise Insight, Issue #093
May 14, 2012

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): About church fundraising--how should a local church get the money it needs to operate?

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Church Fundraising

(How Should Church Fundraising Be Done?)

Church fundraising. Some interesting questions have been raised with regard to how a local church should gain the funds needed for its operation. Here are some thoughts on the subject.

What other churches do is up to them of course. Each congregation must follow its own convictions in the matter. But I believe God's people need to be discerning, and not simply do something because others are doing it.

Over the years, we've all known churches that have used bake sales, and rummage sales, raffles, car washes, walk-a-thons, lotteries, bingos, or two-hundred-dollar-a-plate banquets to bring in money. Or maybe they've sold magazines, calendars, candles and so on, in church fundraising, with a portion of the income going into the church coffers.

Is this something your church should be doing? And are there biblical principles that should affect the decision?

One thing that should be noted is that the methods listed above are not all equal. They differ from one another in important ways.

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Some methods offer goods or services for sale at fair value. Car washes or bake sales can fall into that category. As long as what is offered is not over-priced, there's nothing inherently wrong with this.

And notice who it is that does the donating. It isn't the purchaser, but the ones providing the goods or services. In a bake sale, it's probably the church ladies who buy the ingredients, and donate their time and effort to produce the baking. If a youth group holds a car wash to raise money for their program, the materials needed likely come from them, or from the church, and the time and energy invested is theirs.

This is all well and good. But what if the principles of grace and Christian love governed these same practices (Lk. 6:35; II Cor. 8:9; Gal. 6:10)?

Suppose the baked goods were ...

For the rest of this article, click on Church Fundraising.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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