Are you taking or giving?

How does your church interact with the community regarding donations and fundraisers? The perception of many is that the church is a drain on the local community more than a blessing to it.

We have been cautious (perhaps erring on the other side) to never ask the community to contribute to church activities. However, there are times when the church does something (i.e. disaster relief, Operation Christmas Child, etc.) where people want to contribute and the church can facilitate their donations without any benefit to itself.

What has been your conclusion on the best way to minister to your community, while maintaining a testimony of generosity?

5 Comments

  • Jon Clayton March 4, 2011 Reply

    Todd, I think one of the terrible errors the church has committed is not being involved enough in their respective communities. We need to reach out to our communities. So often we see reaching out as inviting folks to church or to be involved in raising money for disaster relief. I am not saying this is wrong, but there needs to be more. The more needs to come first. We need to take Jesus to our communities. We need to take the love of Christ to the streets in service as well as outreach. Anyway, that is my take…

  • Mark March 4, 2011 Reply

    If your church doesn’t pay its fair share of property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, and payroll taxes then it is a drain on the community. Everyone else around you has to pay even more taxes to make up for your church’s greed.

    and please…, I hope a bunch of morons don’t post replies saying its legal. We all know its legal for churches to skip out on paying their fair share of taxes, but that doesn’t make it right.

    Think about that for a while.

  • Richard V March 5, 2011 Reply

    ‘Fair Share’ is a bit misleading as churches do pay their fair share. The government has determined that certain non-profits (like churches) are in general a huge benefit on communities which is why they tend to pay less taxes (oh yes, churches do pay taxes, just talk with your Finance team). The state where I live (Michigan) also gives huge similar tax breaks to other business like Movie companies, manufacturing business, etc because they feel they help communities too. So using terms like ‘Fair Share’ is very subjective.

  • Roger March 7, 2011 Reply

    Amen, Richard. I do believe churches should invest in their communities. What we give as a church directly to our city for programs and projects we embrace far exceeds anything the city would receive if we were being billed for taxes. I do believe the recognition of the gov. by exempting churches from taxes is important especially as the separation of church and state becomes more and more prominent.

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