My initial answer to this question would have to be no. However, this is one of those times that I would like to be wrong. Unfortunately, I am not.
Based on a research survey that came out about a year ago from Barna, church budgets took a big hit probably due in large part to the fact that tithes and offerings given to churches dropped by a significant amount during the recession (click here to read the full research findings).
I’m sure during these past few years a lot of praying has been going on for God to rescue churches, organizations, and individuals from their financial crisis. But I wonder what else has been happening besides prayer, because Barna’s research also showed that very few churches on average intentionally developed a proactive response to the economic crisis for their members or communities. So in essence the church has not been in the position it should be to help the people who needed the most help. I know this research is a little dated, but I wonder how much has changed in a year.
I believe in stressful times such as these the church needs to be at the forefront of developing and delivering holistic solutions that impact every area of a person’s life. We shouldn’t be waiting on the government or anyone else to come to our rescue when this kind of tragedy strikes our members and communities. I know many churches have done an incredible job responding to this monumental challenge, but it hasn’t been enough. The Body of Christ needs to stand up and be seen, not just in word but in deed. We need to be in position to provide spiritual and practical resources that minister to the whole person.
My mission in 2011 is to empower individuals, churches, and communities with the mindset, skills, and resources they need to create their own jobs and stimulate their own economy through entrepreneurship. Starting Tuesday, January 4th at 8pm est I am launching a free 3-week webinar series, “Entrepreneurship vs Unemployment“, which will provide Spiritual Empowerment and Economic Development (S.E.E.D.) solutions to the unemployment crisis. These free webinars will include foundational teachings, fresh strategies, and practical steps to help you develop an effective workplace strategy for 2011, whether you are an employee or entrepreneur. During the webinar you will be able to ask questions and provide feedback on the topics discussed.
- Week 1 – “Position for Expansion: How to T.H.R.I.V.E. in Tough Times” (Update: Click here to watch Week 1 broadcast on demand)
- Week 2 – “The Business of Reconciliation: Advancing God’s Kingdom in the Marketplace” (Update: Click here to watch Week 2 broadcast on demand)
- Week 3 – “S.E.E.D. Soulutions: Spiritual Empowerment & Economic Development Strategies for 2011” (Update: Click here to watch Week 3 broadcast on demand)
The webinars will broadcast live only on www.3hrive.TV. If you are unable to experience it live, you will be able to watch it on-demand at your convenience.
I look forward to connecting with you online over the next few weeks to help you experience “Expansion and Elevation in ’11”!
Happy New You!
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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