Posts Tagged ‘megachurches’

Measure What? How many people “you” lead to Christ?

December 14, 2008

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ECFA – Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

September 4, 2008

Usher: Deak, you know about the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability?  I discovered them in research and thought I’d check things out as to which megachurches belong. 

Deacon: And, what did you find out?

Usher: Calvary Chapel is the only top 10 megachurch that has any record of belonging or having belonged:

Calvary Chapel – here is their financial page – though it doesn’t give details, it does tell where the money is spent.

More of “Here’s Where Your Tithe Goes” (in the pastor’s pocket)

August 29, 2008

Usher: Hey Deak, do you think a church with between 100 – 300 people is succesful?

Deacon: That’s a matter of opinion I would guess.  My opinion would be below average and the guy needs to do a lot more than he’s doing…

Usher:  Wrong again!  The average church size in America is 51 – 300 people.   How much does the average pastor make with a church of 101 – 300 people?  (Answer: According to this survey, churches that draw 101 to 300 people each week pay senior pastors $72,664 per year, including benefits)

Given the fact that only 5% of adults tithe according to the Barna Group study, here’s the brutal truth of tithing:

If 5% of the congregation of 300 people give and they average the median income of the United States of $48,200 US Census report  that means that 15 families of the church give 10% of their tithe.  Assuming they give on their gross incomes, 15 x $48,200 = $723,000. 

Summary:  15 families are supporting the pastor’s full salary and benefits!  With this said, do you think they know this?  Of course not!  They simply put the money in their cute little envelope, tolerate his (in most cases) poorly-prepared sermons and come back next week to do it again. 

Deacon: Do you think if they knew, they might expect more accountability?

Usher: Uh…..yeah!  You go to McDonald’s and 285 other families line up behind you and ask you to pay the bill!  I think I’d demand a little bit better explanation as to why the church isn’t doing more with my God’s money!

Deacon: So what’s with all the megachurches and what exactly are they doing with all the extra?

Usher: Stay tuned, I’ve got a little more research to do, I’ll write about that tomorrow.

Here’s where your tithe funds the new “church franchise”!

August 17, 2008

Usher: Hey Deak, the North Point megachurch has figured the marketing out.  Even one of their “lieutenants” shamelessly admits it on a blog.  They’re buildilng video venues and charging 250K to other churches.  Some of the new convert churches are even leaving traditional denominations.  Now that’s an interesting way of stealing christians!

Deacon: Who needs a business plan and investors.  Just open up a video church and fund your face all over the world.  Warren publishes his in books, sells sermons and then has presidential debates at his church to get himself even more exposure.  Very Oprahesque if you ask me.  And how does he get all those people to come and worship in front of a screen?

Usher: Maybe he’s selling options on the side.  I smell a new network and ad dollars.  Maybe even a listing for Wall Street! 

The Chick-fil-A Church

How “video venues” are helping megachurches franchise.