Nobody likes to talk about money. Especially at church. And there is good reason for that! We go to church to hear the Gospel and receive the Sacraments, not to be asked to give money. At Zion, we’ve made it a priority to be very careful how we go about asking for money. We certainly don’t want to change that today.
And yet, as we reflect about our giving and take advantage of opportunities that we have to continue learning about promoting healthy giving in our congregation, we have come to realize a few “growth” areas.
For instance, did you know that in 2008, our total regular contributions were only 3% less than was received in 2017? While there have certainly been better years in the past decade, I think we can all appreciate that our household expenses have gone up more than 3% in the last decade. And in that time, our average attendance has increased from 269 in 2008 to 318 in 2017 – an 18% increase! Thanks be to God!
For now, just for the purpose of self-reflection and communication, I’d just like to offer the following graph so that we all may better understand how we are using the resources entrusted to us. Thank you for your continued faithful support of the work of Zion!