I kid you not: this is a weekly anxiety for many pastors. When you have the building, staff and expenses of all kinds, the amount of weekly offerings is crucial. It can mean life or death. Every every every pastor wants to know what the “take” is every Sunday as soon as it is counted. I’ve heard of some pastors wanting to know via a sign at the back so that if they were lower than needed he could preach up more money. I was at one service where the offering plate was passed around 5 times. I kid you not! And each time because God told them to.
It is a dilemma. If you do have a congregation and a church building and salaries and other expenses, you do need the reliable cash flow. Which turns “give as unto the Lord” a whole new meaning. It gets very very complicated.
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