During harsh and economic times, most of our churches in America are facing an increased demand for help and benevolence. Even though benevolence and reaching out to the poor has been an active part of the church, some are facing the dilemma of whether to continue such benevolence or to focus upon their own set of needs.
Many of our churches in America are struggling financially. While most have a strong desire to help the poor, they are under heavy pressures to keep their doors open, with reports of decreasing membership and giving along with the increasing cost of operating a church. Some are even at the point of dropping their missions support all together.
Today’s church faces another dilemma: one of perception. Many pastors are asking themselves, “How can we meet the increased demand of supporting those in need within our community when we don’t have the resources to do it? And how will they react if we turn them down?”
Listed below are suggestions on how to handle benevolence and a form to use when people are requesting services. Most churches have found this helpful.
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