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Will COVID-19 be the end of the church collection plate?

(RNS) — In the 1984 film “Mass Appeal,” Father Tim Farley, played by Jack Lemmon, gives a young, aspiring priest a lesson in church finances.

FIRST-PERSON: A call to biblical stewardship

NASHVILLE (BP) – Americans gave 3.02 percent of their income to the church in 1968. By 2017, it had declined to 2.13 percent. If this trend is not reversed, by 2050 it is projected to decline to 1.66 percent.

Worship God by tithing, Floyd says in free biblical stewardship resource

NASHVILLE (BP) – The financial offering is an exciting part of worship deserving preparation and exhortation on par with sermons, SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Ronnie Floyd believes.

Ezell: ‘Greatest Annie Offering ever’ despite steep decline

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – On Monday (Oct. 5), the North American Mission Board (NAMB) announced the 2020 total for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) for North American missions. Southern Baptists gave $49.3 million in a year when the COVID-19 pandemic created numerous challenges for churches across the nation.

Faith-based giving strong despite economic downturn

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The American economy may have recorded the largest contraction in its history over the past few months (a 32.9 percent reduction in GDP, to be exact). But charitable giving has remained strong even as the financial crisis has caused a great need for it.

Churches see success with online giving

MUNFORD, Ala. (BP) -- A barbecue restaurant, a fast food place or two and a department store are about all the town of Munford has, according to Reese Gill, student pastor at Munford Baptist Church. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Gill and the other 250 or so people who attended Sunday morning worship services at Munford Baptist were accustomed to giving their tithes and offerings in physical form -- checks and paper bills.

FROM THE STATES: Virginia church holds community prayer service; Louisiana Baptists remain faithful amid pandemic

First Baptist Roanoke hosts community prayer service in response to racial tensions; Louisiana Baptists remain faithful during social, economic storm.

11-year-old issues ‘Challenge 32’ to support missions

EAST ASIA (BP) -- It didn't seem like much -- just $32.20 -- but it was all this 11-year-old had. The small stash represented six months of household chores and errands, not to mention the self-discipline needed to save instead of spending it on treats. The more Abby* thought about the money, the more her heart prodded her to pull it from its secret hiding place. She counted it one last time, then took all of it to her parents, who were still sitting at the table after family devotions.

FROM THE STATES: Finances OK at many Kentucky churches; Missouri associations provide financial help

Many Kentucky churches report 'better than expected' finances; Missouri associations provide financial help amid COVID-19.

FIRST-PERSON: Stewards and donors

One benefit of a crisis is a forced re-examination of core strategies, Jeff Iorg says. Churches are learning the importance of relying on stewards rather than donors.