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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.

LifeWay creates church assistance package

NASHVILLE (BP) -- As churches adjust to ministry in a post-COVID-19 world, LifeWay has developed a collection of resources to help them. The new Church Assistance Package from LifeWay is available for any congregation around the world and can be accessed at lifeway.com/churchassistance.

FIRST-PERSON: Plan your church’s summer giving goal now

Ronnie Floyd lays out 10 steps for churches to set a goal to keep giving strong throughout the summer months.

FIRST-PERSON: Every church on mission

No matter the size of the congregation, every church has a responsibility to do its part in fulfilling the Great Commission, Willie McLaurin says.

Stewardship in COVID-19 pandemic challenges rural churches

MABANK, Texas (BP) -- Online giving presents challenges for Grace Community Church in the small town of Mabank, Texas, where many are accustomed to dropping checks in the offering basket or in a pinch, mailing them through the U.S. Postal Service. As the COVID-19 pandemic forces the church to restructure worship and establish online giving, pastor Michael Cooper told Baptist Press most of his members are not accustomed to tithing and giving online.