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How do you give to the church?

This is the second in a series based on an article that Grace and Chick have written for the ELCA's Seeds for the Parish.  We posed two questions to ourselves, and answered them from our quite different perspectives.

Blessings,
Chick Lane
Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders
Luther Seminary


How do you give to the church?
By Grace Duddy and Chick Lane

Grace: I prefer to give to the church via electronic giving. Since I don't often carry around cash and I rarely use my checkbook this is a convenient option for me. Many of my young adult friends prefer to use this method as well because it is convenient and keeps their giving to the church consistent.

In this economic climate, where jobs for young adults are especially scarce, it can be difficult for many young adults to pledge. Contrary to popular belief, it is not usually because they don't want to, but because they take this commitment seriously and don't want to let their congregation down. Often, many young adults will under-pledge for the year to account for variable expenses and possibly losing their jobs, just so they are able to meet their commitment. Similarly, rising student debt has placed a large burden on young adults that has prevented them from giving as much as they would like. Many young adults feel guilty for not being able to give as much as they would like because their income is barely enough to meet their expenses and debt load.

Chick:  I give to church the old fashioned way. I write a check every week. If I'm out of town and miss a Sunday, I double up the next week. I suspect the church will always welcome my way of giving.  I'm more concerned that churches provide multiple ways of giving. I'm not sure we can keep up with technological changes, but most congregations need to get a lot closer to the cutting edge than they are now. I think every congregation would do well to gather a group of people Grace's age and ask, "How do you want to give to the church, and what can we do to encourage that giving?"

Author

Grace Duddy is the Assistant Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary. Chick Lane is the Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders.

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