How many offerings does your church take up?
Secondary question: How many is too many?
Here’s a list of offerings we do or have done in my church:
1. Regular budget offerings, every Sunday, without fail. It's part of worship, of course.
2. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions; runs roughly for the entire months of December and January. Our largest and most important 'special' offering.
3. Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions; I promote it for a single Sunday in March or April but people give over a period of 3-4 Sundays. NAMB just about lost my trust with the recent debacles but is doing much better now.
4. World Hunger Offering; usually in October and usually not just a ‘give us a check or cash’ offering but some kind of promotion.
5. Local crisis pregnancy center; February, usually like the WHO.
6. Gideons; not annually but occasionally when we host a Gideon speaker we will receive an offering for the group.
7. Local drug/alcohol rehab facility; similar to the pregnancy center.
8. Golf tournament for local rehab unit; church members receive letters asking for donations from our golfers but not a direct offering.
9. Church mission trip; usually not a cash offering.
10. Local benevolence need; as needed love offering for someone or some family need
11. Disaster relief; as needed, Alabama tornadoes this year
12. Children’s Home; usually a food pantry type, although this year they asked for Wal-Mart gift cards.
13. Love offering for pastor and staff. I'm all for this one. I did insist that 'Pastor Appreiciation Sunday' be changed to 'Staff Appreciation' when we called another full time staff member.
14. Associational Special Mission Offering. We don't do this one annually but our association started a mission offering, complete with special envelopes and named for a former long term Associational Missionary.
We don't participate in the state mission offering, any hospital, seminary, or Baptist senior ministry.
I'm thinking that it is soooo easy to go to the well too often and that budgeting for some of these ministries is easier but then our church doesn't object to occasional promotions for the causes they are familiar with.
What I haven't been able to do is have a perspective from the pew. Are folks thinking, 'Not another one,' or 'Enough is enough.' Looking at my list, it just looks like too many, too often. Everyone wants to pass the plate one more time for their pet cause.
Enough is enough.