7 Great Ideas for Your Church to Economically Empower Your Congregation and Community
January 27, 2011 8 Comments
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…
- Host Financial Peace classes
- 1-on-1 financial counseling for families
- 1-on-1 business coaching for entrepreneurs
- Monthly e-newsletter from the church with financial tips
- Marketplace-themed messages
- Host a budgeting workshop
- Create space for a barter system/network for goods and services
What are some other ways churches can help to economically empower congregations and communications?
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