Years ago in Giving, the annual magazine of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, I teamed with my good friend Rev. Sam Brink (at that time part of the deployed stewardship staff for the American Baptist Churches) to develop the top ten reasons people do not give to an offering. We attempted it in the best David Letterman fashion.
In this era of fear that replaces the former era of greed, it seems worthwhile to bring it back to the light of day. Enjoy.
Top 10 reasons people do not give to the offering
10. “I’m a little short this week. I’ll make up for it next week.”
9. “Oh, so that is what those baskets are for!”
8. “Sorry, I don’t itemize on my taxes.”
7. “Love to give, but all I have is a twenty.”
6. “I thought YOU brought the checkbook!”
5. “But the bulletin says you got enough money last week!”
4. “Our children give during Sunday School.”
3. ”I only get paid once a month and today is not the day.”
2. “Sorry, I don’t carry cash.”
1. “I’m not sure who to make the check out to. God or Jesus.”