Resources for Clergy
Why Don’t People Give?
Other charities do it better
- They get more feedback as to how their gifts are being used.
- They feel they are more important to the success of the mission.
- They can give to a very specific cause.
They are not given a specific target
- “More” is not specific.
- They don’t know if what they give will be worthwhile.
- It is not clear what their giving will do.
They are asked to give to a budget
- The plea is based on an accounting “balanced budget,” not people.
- The plea is so we can just do what we did last year.
- There is a threat of things being cut out.
Past gifts were not valued
- Statements looked like bills, not like “Thank You.”
- Little information was provided as to how the gifts were used,
- Not much personal affirmation of gratitude for faithfulness,
Lack of understanding
- No theological affirmation is given about the need to give,
- Gifts only seem to support the building.
- Little or no help is provided to assist in determining the appropriate level of gift.
Feeling of isolation
- No personal contact with the pastor or leadership is felt.
- They feel “out of the loop” regarding the decision-making process.
- There was no clear opportunity to solicit their opinions on priorities for ministry.
Sense of hopelessness
- The goal seems to just keep the doors open.
- New programs are seldom proposed.
- No celebration of ministry successes is held.