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What is your opinion about fundraising in the local church? Some people frown upon it; others find it to be a necessity. Does the word speak on this issue? Is fundraising the best way for the work of the Kingdom to be furthered?

Moderator - It cheapens the Gospel. Use giving.

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 ---melissa on 6/24/07
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Catgherine ... Unbelievers may be, or may become, seekers ... then may be saved.
We shopuld welcome them among us.
---alan_of_UK on 2/2/08

I have a problem with all of it simply because there are so many unbelievers in the churches of today. If true believers would only seek God in all matters a lot of these issues could be addressed. What may be a sin for one may not be a sin for another. Must get close to the Lord thy God.
---catherine on 2/1/08

Sometimes, when a very small congregation is starting out, a yard sale or two or something similar is needed.

I know a few churches who have Christmas bazaars--but mostly to draw attention to the church, not for the profit from it.

As a general rule, however, if the members of the church don't support it, is it fair to expect outsiders to do so?
---Jack on 1/31/08

It's unfortunate, isn't it? I don't know that I would ever pay to go to a "revival". God can revive me, heal me, deliver me--wherever, and whenever he wants to. He's a big God. :o)
---Katie on 7/3/07

Katie...That very thing happened near where we live. They had a so-called tent revival and charged $40 per person or $75 for couple. And, then they had several offerings at each service according to our friends who went. When I asked the minister who owns the facility where it was held why he was doing such a thing, he said it wasn't himself, but the group that was holding it that were charging. I guess that doesn't make him accountable!
---Susie on 7/2/07

Jesus wasn't too happy with the money tables (?) in the temple, so we have to ask ourselves, is this the same thing? They were taking something holy, and reverent, and profitting from it. The Church is not a business, but a holy union between Jesus and his bride. But this is a whole different issue than what the question asked...Is it wrong to have a Bake Sale to send your kids to camp? Probably not. Selling tickets to a Healing Conference? That's when we need to start questioning it, I think.
---Katie on 7/2/07

Melissa...This is a good time to remind the posters on this blog that they can help the kids of their churches to go to camp this summer. Open up your checkbooks and write an extra offering this Sunday for those kids to go to camp.
---Susie on 6/28/07

Wow! That's a deal Melissa. It costs at least double that out here for some church camps.
---Susie on 6/28/07

This camp is $50 per child and is 4 days long - not bad! We are in a very rural area, so it may be more costly elsewhere.
---melissa on 6/27/07

Melissa...Having kids earn their way to camp is a great idea. It teaches them good values. How much do they need for camp? Just wondering how much camp costs now days.
---Susie on 6/26/07

Our church is extremely small - 12 or 14 on a Sunday morning. It is probably getting to where there is barely enough to pay utilities. We recently talked about doing a hotdog or bake sale or yard sale to send the kids to camp. Since my kids are the only ones there to go, I thought it would be a good way to get them involved - to have them help raise the money.
---melissa on 6/25/07

Lovingly, Catherine, it is the LOVE of money which is the root of all evil. Now to the rest of you, be slow in judgment. God provided a plan to support the church, most do not follow the plan. Ask yourself, is it better to have the church in the community-if it has to be supported also through fund raising or just not have the church at all? First ask God to bless your efforts, but keep the church--poor or rich in facilities, all to the glory of God.
---Jay on 6/25/07

The church I attend to, we don't do any type of fundrasing events. We never had any hotdog sale, yardsale, or anything like that. My church gets along rather well. We have members that pays their tithes and that helps out the utlities and plus we have some money set aside if their is a need in our church.
---Rebecca_D on 6/25/07

If a church's membership were faithful in their giving, there would be no need for fund raising. And, $3 million can reach a lot of people for the Lord without any building being done. Shame on any church that would spend $3 million on a building instead of on missionaries and literature.
---Susie on 6/25/07

Last Friday Night I attended a concert musical concert at a local Church. Their organist is a very accomplished musician in his own right and a former church member is an Operatic Baritone soloist. Together they donated their time and talent for a benefit concert for the Church. some Show tunes, popular tunes and some Opera solos.

Most of the attendances was from outside the congregation, the event was financially successful; and it in no way cheapened the Gospel. Be Creative in Fundraising.
---Phil_the_Elder on 6/24/07

For smaller churches it may be necessary. The congregation is small,and even the giving of the few members,may not be enough to pay the bills. People have sold bbq ,chicken dinners, sold cakes,pies to raise money for the church. I think its ok, if done outside of the church.
I remember when people use to glean money on the streets for their churches. Some of you may not be old enough to know what gleaning is. It worked and the money was used for the church.
---Robyn on 6/24/07

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Money is the root of all EVIL. So many thieves in churches today. All that money. What a temptation for unbelievers that are in charge.
---catherine on 6/24/07

I think fundraising is fine if extra funds are needed. Unfortunately no church can count on all it's members to give and tithe as the Lord would have them to. As long as whatever the fundraiser is isn't something contrary to scripture it is ok.
---maryj9396 on 6/24/07

Like any business, and a church is a business, you need money to expand. For example, I just retuned from a deacons meeting where we approved a $3,000,000 expansion program that will increase the churches ability to reach more people for Christ. We have suggested a number of options that will raise the funds internally: 1. Faith Promise's, 2. Bond or Promissory notes - internally sold. In the meantime, the money will be borrowed from a commerical lending organization.
---wivv on 6/24/07

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