Here is my take on church budgets and when I researched I was quite amazed at the kind of cash we are dealing in as a church society.
Giving in 7 National Churches (Canada)
Alliance Church – $22,537,661 (possibly including more countries)
Lutheran Church – $10,924,620
Mennonite Church – $3,420,000
Evangelical Church – $3,836,882
Christian Reformed Church – $9,835,920
Free Methodist Church – $768,900
Pentecostal Assemblies Church – $8,830,044
Total: $60,154,027 (based on giving about $5.00/month for each member)
(1) Alliance Church: Has 429,000 members that raised $22,537.661 – each person was giving approximately $53.00 a year (or almost $5.00/month).
(2) Evangelical Lutheran: They have 182,077 members and if each gave $5.00 a month they would raise $10,924,620 in a year.
(3) Mennonite Church: Has 57,000 members and of each gave $5.00 a month they could raise $3.420,000 a year.
(4) Evangelical Fellowship: They have 15,000 members (and families) and they managed to give $3,836,882 in 2005.
I took all my statistics from each Canadian churches official website – for member counts and some even had annual budgets posted. I found out that churches are raising a heck of a lot of cash – the majority of it is being used by the churches for various projects – for the Alliance those projects mainly include the ‘mission field’ (money leaves country) and for others very similar projects – some of them even addressed poverty.
My question is this: can this kind of cash help to re-define the Christian stance on poverty? Can we develop new programs to address needs within our inner-cities? Do we have to power base and resources (people/money) to handle those programs? Let’s say we gave more than $5.00/month in these churches – what would be the end result? I wish I was dreaming these numbers but ‘hey’ while we got Capitalism as a system – let’s use it for some good – the kind where we address the the ideas in Matthew 25:35-40.
‘I have a dream…’