Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | February 4, 2009

Charitable Giving Still A Priority In Spiraling Economy

A new study finds that Christians in America don’t plan to cut their giving to faith-based groups, despite the sluggish economy.

According to the Wilson Research Strategies survey, 58 percent of Americans said they are cutting back on items such as entertainment and short-term savings. Also, the survey found that 43 percent said they had either reduced or stopped giving to charity.
However, of those who attend religious services more than once a week, 60 percent said they intended to keep giving the same in 2009, while 21 percent said they intended to give more.
Rick Dunham is president and CEO of Dunham+Company, which commissioned the survey. He says the study shows that pastors have a unique opportunity to teach biblical principles of money management.
“So I think it’s a great opportunity for pastors to remind people as they look at their spending priorities, to make sure that they put as a major priority an investment in Kingdom work, so that in fact the Kingdom can move forward even in this economic climate,” he notes. “Also, as we know, the Bible’s very clear that where we put our treasure, that’s where our heart’s going to be. That actually will be a very important spiritual exercise.”
Charities need to be ready and able to make a case to donors regarding the importance of their work in spreading the gospel, Dunham concludes.


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