7 Great Ideas for Your Church to Economically Empower Your Congregation and Community

A few weeks ago I posted an article Has the Church Done Enough to Respond to the Recession?This was partly inspired by my own perceived notions and research by Barna Group, which reveals the church is falling short in in terms of providing proactive support to the economic crisis for their members or communities. Some of this is due to the financial pain churches are feeling. Some of it in my opinion is that pastors and church leaders may not be aware of many of the practical things they can do – separate from just giving money – to those who are hurting financially.

When I posted that question on LinkedIn and 48Days.net forums I got some great feedback. Here are a few ideas your church can use to provide assistance and direction to your congregation and communities who are experiencing some severe economic pains…

  1. Host Financial Peace classes
  2. 1-on-1 financial counseling for families
  3. 1-on-1 business coaching for entrepreneurs
  4. Monthly e-newsletter from the church with financial tips
  5. Marketplace-themed messages
  6. Host a budgeting workshop
  7. Create space for a barter system/network for goods and services

Update: See also 6 More Ideas for Your Church to Economically Empower Your Congregation and Community

What are some other ways churches can help to economically empower congregations and communications?



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About Paul Wilson Jr.
Paul Wilson, Jr. is a "Dream Catalyst" and Marketplace Pastor for leaders and entrepreneurs. He is driven to lead people to unleash God’s potential in their lives through their purpose, passions, and professional skills. He equips leaders with creative, faith-based strategies to flourish spiritually and professionally, while operating from several multi-media platforms, including TV show host, inspirational speaker, and stimulating writer. Paul is the President of Kingdom Business University, which utilizes workshops, consulting, and coaching services to ignite Christian catalysts maximize their God-given mission in the marketplace. He is the author of the life purpose igniter “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative God-Inspired Life!” He is also the host of Passion in Action, a motivational and educational faith-based Internet TV show for social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents. Contact us today to learn more about how he can help your business, church, or community to thrive on purpose!

8 Responses to 7 Great Ideas for Your Church to Economically Empower Your Congregation and Community

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  2. Ced Reynolds says:

    Great article Paul. We do Financial Peace every year. It’s one of our corner stone ministries. Thanks for sharing. Wish you the best getting exposure of your ministry.

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  4. Bennard Uzozie says:

    One evening I was reading through some mails from ministries that I used to support in the past when what one of them wrote caught my attention. Talking about their supporters he said “Our income this year has been down – no doubt due to the ongoing economic crisis. Some of our friends and supporters have lost their jobs or suffered other financial losses, and we understand that. Times are hard”. It takes a true shepherd to know when his sheep are not doing fine but a hireling does not care about the sheep. There is a time for the shepherd to turn and help the sheep that are weary. There is an Amazon Kindle e-book “Dealing With Unemployment And Poverty (A Teaching And Prayer Manual), which I think will be of help to both pastors and laity.

    • Bennard,
      You’re right about a true shepherd vs a hireling. The church definitely seems to be lacking pastors with a real shepherd’s heart these days. For others, I’m not sure they really know how to deal with the issue of unemployment and poverty in their churches outside of prayer. Thanks for the e-book resource. Be blessed!

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