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Rick Warren’s “Miracle” Gives Insight into Church Funding

Offering Bowl courtesy juilieleone (flickr)

Offering Bowl courtesy juilieleone (flickr)

Rick Warren’s impassioned plea for $900,000 produced results. According to Pastor Rick’s latest letters, church members drove up to Saddleback Church and dropped off envelopes of money, and the shortfall was met. Pastor Rick says it’s The Miracle. And the good pastor explains:

The cause of our financial shortfall was NOT a management issue but simply by the way Christmas occurred in this year’s calendar. After 10 packed Christmas services, and with Christmas Day on Friday, many people were out of town or too tired to come back for weekend services, so the unusually low attendance created an unusually low offering. That is understandable.

So an unusually low turnout offering caused a loss of $900,000? Wow.  That means they anticipate taking that in. Every week.

Note the use of the word “offering.” Yes, they do a count by cash and not by people in the pews.

The Orange County Register reports:

Warren’s chief-of-staff David Chrzan said that more than 46,000 faithful attended Christmas services but since the holiday fell close to the weekend, many left town or did not come back to church two days later because it seemed like they had just been there.

In his letter, Rick wants us to know that the media is “typically clueless” about how churches are run. Gosh I though there was a budget, and a prudent reserve, and that things like when holidays fall and that some parishioners might be on vacation gets taken into account…Silly me!

In spite of a media culture that thrives on bad news and is typically clueless about how churches actually work, and in spite of hatefulness and insults by some who immediately jumped to wrong conclusion – the church of God marches on, and once again God surprises all of us!

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Rick Warren’s “Miracle” Gives Insight into Church Funding

Rick Warren’s impassioned plea for $900,000 produced results. According to Pastor Rick’s latest letters, church members drove up to Saddleback Church and dropped off envelopes of money, and the shortfall was met. Pastor Rick says it’s The Miracle. And the good pastor explains:

The cause of our financial shortfall was NOT a management issue but simply by the way Christmas occurred in this year’s calendar. After 10 packed Christmas services, and with Christmas Day on Friday, many people were out of town or too tired to come back for weekend services, so the unusually low attendance created an unusually low offering. That is understandable.

So an unusually low turnout offering caused a loss of $900,000? Wow.That means they anticipate taking that in. Every week.

Note the use of the word “offering.” Yes, they do a count by cash and not by people in the pews.

The Orange County Register reports:

Warren’s chief-of-staff David Chrzan said that more than 46,000 faithful attended Christmas services but since the holiday fell close to the weekend, many left town or did not come back to church two days later because it seemed like they had just been there.

In his letter, Rick wants us to know that the media is “typically clueless” about how churches are run. Gosh I though there was a budget, and a prudent reserve, and that things like when holidays fall and that some parishioners might be on vacation gets taken into account…Silly me!

In spite of a media culture that thrives on bad news and is typically clueless about how churches actually work, and in spite of hatefulness and insults by some who immediately jumped to wrong conclusion – the church of God marches on, and once again God surprises all of us!

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Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.