Posted by: richardpowell2013 | February 21, 2015

The Shocking Truth of Church Budgets

Holy Soup

The auctioneer tried everything he could to increase the bid. But in the end, the pews sold for $25 apiece.

We watched as the contents of this Missouri church emptied out during the auction. The church itself closed a few weeks ago, a victim of declining attendance and daunting fixed costs. Our cameras (for a documentary on the state of the church) caught this church’s last gasps.

This sad scene is becoming increasingly common across the country, as the old financial models no longer work for many churches. The shrinking tithes and offerings can’t cover the two major expenses–personnel and buildings.


I’ve lost count of the number of times that people have told us, “Churches just want your money.” They’ve picked up on the financial pressures facing most churches today. They do understand that ministry requires funding. But they intuitively smell something foul about how many churches’ offerings are being…

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