Month: January 2014

 

The Starving Church

5096583461_c0186dcab0_o-e1387600472298

The American Church is starving. The national numbers are appalling. Only about five percent of American’s tithe.  To put that in perspective, my small city has about 1000 households. That means for the 3600 people in our city we have about 50 tithers. And those 50 tithers are divided among our eight churches. Run the numbers, this is the reason we do not have a single full-time minister in the entire community.
What does it take for a minister to be full-time? It takes ten tithing families to give him an average household income. This is the Synagogue model and it is the basis upon which the Church was also built.
To form a synagogue, you had to have ten adult males. Why? Because you needed one hundred percent of an income for a congregation to afford to pay a rabbi an average wage. Ten times ten percent is one hundred percent.

10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage +
10% of a month’s wage = 100% of a month’s wage

The current average size of a household in our city is 3.39 per household.  This means that for every thirty-four people, the church should be able to afford a pastor. However, of those attending on Sunday morning, only about 25% of the people give ten percent of their income to the church. This means that the church can only afford to give their pastor an AVERAGE wage if they have at least (4×34=) 136 people in church every Sunday. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the expenses of the church, the building, utilities, office supplies and equipment.A Greater Reward 240x400
A church with 136 people every Sunday would need youth and children’s programs and other things as well. Plus, how can one man take care of that many people? He cannot… whatever he could do would be insufficient and not what he would prefer and the only way to change the numbers is to increase the percentage of people who tithe or increase the number of people who attend.
Justice is a simple idea. We reward what is good and punish what is bad. We do this with our time and our money. When we watch television, we are eyeballs and advertisers pay for eyeballs. The reason the average major league baseball player makes $3,440,000 a year is because he draws a lot of eyeballs. The more baseball we watch, the more the advertisers are willing to pay. And the more the advertisers are willing to pay, the higher the salaries of the players.
Now I love going to a major league baseball game. I love the smell of the field and the crack of the bat, I enjoy the relaxation time with my family in the stands and going to and from the game. I am not being critical of baseball player’s salaries. I am simply trying to point out that we are not rewarding the Church for the work it does for us, for our children and for our city when we toss a token into the offering plate.
How much do you value what the church does for you and your family?
What do you want for your children? Do you want to lavish on them a spiritual education? Do you want them to grow up knowing God and having a strong sense of what is moral and decent so they know how to say no to the things that are in the world that could destroy them?
And what about your community? Could your community use more of what the church has to offer? Does it need more programs for children and youth? What about church ministries to help strengthen marriages to teach husbands and wives how to love one another? Does your church have ministries to those who are in prison? Does your church have ministries to care for those who struggle with addictions? Are there ministries to provide food and assistance to those who have fallen through the gaps?
The early Church had the same issue—not enough money and too many needs. The Church began in the midst of a Roman Empire, which was pagan. The solution then and now is two-fold and simple: First, every believer has a ministry and contributes to the work of the church. We cannot depend on the pastor for the entire ministry—there is too much to do. Second, tithe so that there is plenty in God’s house. Reward the good the church does. Be a giver.

© 2018: Joshua Plan for Success | KABBO Theme by: D5 Creation | Powered by: WordPress
Skip to toolbar