St. Augustine and John Wesley would not be happy with the numbers in the 30th Edition of the Empty Grave
St. Augustine and John Wesley, having challenged church members in their day to give, would not be happy to donate trends found in the 30th edition of the Empty Tombs series, The State of Church Giving through 2018 empty tomb Mission Match invites congregations and corporate philanthropists to help further harness the potential of church members for good through increased mission giving. The goal is to help, in the name of Jesus, 1.2 million children under the age of five who die each year worldwide from treatable causes.
CHAMPAGNE, III., June 8, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Figures from the 30th State of Church Giving Empty Grave Series show a drop in donations.
And St. Augustine and John Wesley, who enlightened church members in their own time, would not be happy with the trends found in The State of Church Giving until 2018.
As discussed in the 27th edition of The State of Church Giving series, Augustine led the priests in his diocese to wage a “war of giving,” according to Pierre Brun, professor of history emeritus, Princeton University. Brown made major contributions to the study of the “ancient” church (AD 350-550). He states that Augustine, as Bishop of Hippo, Africa, was clear that the poor and the rich can fight greed. Yet Augustine wanted his priests to wage this “war of the gift” with a special focus on those extremely wealthy who sponsored games in the arena to gain public approval. According to Brown, Augustine taught his priests that the rich who sponsored the games rather than helping the poor were to be “condemned, rebuked and changed for the better … whereby the lazy members of our churches were to be challenged to to act”.
Meanwhile, towards the end of his life, John wesley, the founding leader of the Methodist Church, said, “I don’t know what to do. He was frustrated because he likely would not find 500 of the 50,000 Methodists who practiced the three elements of Christian discipleship he advocated. Many would earn all they can, and some would save all they can. “But how many have you found that keep the third rule, ‘Give all you can’? Do you have reason to believe that five hundred of them are among fifty thousand Methodists? And yet nothing can be done. more clearly than that all those who observe the first two rules without the third, will be twice as children of hell than they have never been before. “
Today church members in America find themselves in an era of plenty. According to that of Angus Maddison Analysis, the world economy changed little from the year 0 until the mid-1800s. Since then it has grown steadily.
And currently, the United States has the highest gross domestic product in the world and, among the top 10 countries, the highest GDP per capita.
State of the Church’s Gifts to 2018 Facts
St. Augustine and John Wesley were not satisfied with the way church members handled donations in their day. They would also not be satisfied with these facts from the 30th edition of The State of Church Giving series.
As revenues increased, the share of revenues allocated to churches decreased. Between 1968 and 2018, personal disposable income per capita (after tax) in the United States increased 167% from the 1968 base. But instead of giving a larger share to their churches, donations per member as a percentage of income decreased by 31% from the 1968 base, from 3.02% in 1968 to 2.05% in 2018.
Church members donated a higher share of their income to the church in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, than in 2018, even though per capita income had increased by 726%, after tax and inflation, from 1933 to 2018, compared to the 1933 base. The donation as a percentage of income was 3.2% in 1933 and 2.1% in 2018.
In 2018 compared to 1968, churches spent a larger portion of their budgets for the benefit of their own members, meaning that a smaller portion was devoted to the larger mission of the church. In 1968, churches spent an average of 21% of their budgets on the larger mission of the church. In 2018, they spent 16%.
Donating for global needs has remained around two cents of every dollar donated to the church, between 2003 and 2018.
To help the poor that St. Augustine and John Wesley spoke of, especially to stop, in Jesus name, 1.2 million deaths of children under five who die each year from treatable causes, is estimated to cost $ 16 billion one year. Yet if church members had donated an additional 6% of their income to their churches in 2018, that amount would have risen to $ 418 billion After.
If a set of churches analyzed in the New Book of the Empty Tomb had given only the same percentage of income in 2018 as in 1968, they would have given 8 billion dollars more to their churches than they did.
Potential for good
There is no doubt that St. Augustine and John Wesley would both work on sermons to challenge church members in the United States to use their potential more for good.
In light of these facts, empty tomb designed its Mission Match® project to make it easier for congregations to harness this potential.
To apply for Mission Match, congregations design mission projects to target one of 22 treatable causes of death in children under five in one of 40 countries. According to empty graves calculations, these 40 countries were not on track to help meet the 2015 reduction target set to reduce the global under-5 death rate. Congregations also offer the delivery channel they want to work through, in Jesus name, to help prevent these deaths.
Congregations can request up to $ 3,000 for their project. Once approved, the congregation collects at least an equal amount from members of their local church, and then the congregation spends the combined money for the project named in their application.
Churches can learn more about how to request these matching contributions from missionmatch.org.
At the same time, the Empty Grave is looking for three to ten at-risk philanthropists to provide major gifts in the first year, 2021, to help congregations, in Jesus name, stop 1.2 million annual child deaths. by 2025. At this point, the 40 countries should be on track to help the world meet the under-5 mortality rate reduction targets. These major donors would not only help mobilize the more than 300,000 churches across the United States, but they would also model heroic giving as promoted by St. Augustine and John Wesley.
Interested philanthropists can contact the Empty Grave directly.
The State of the Church’s Gifts until 2018: What if Jesus Returns in 2025? (30th edition, Dec. 2020), is available on Wipf and stock editors.
Pierre Brun is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus and Senior Historian, Department of History, Princeton University, Telephone: (609) 258-4154. His books include Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and The Making of Christianity in the West, AD 350-550, as well as Augustine of Hippo and The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity.
Kenneth carder, retired United Methodist bishop and presently Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Professor Emeritus of Christian Ministry Practice, wrote on John wesley and the practice of giving. He can be contacted through Duke Divinity School, (919) 660-3428.
Analysis of economic growth by Angus Maddison: Angus Maddison; The world economy, a millennial perspective; OECD; 2002; p. 263 consulted on 05/30/2021.
This version is the last of the recent series of empty tombs. Here is a list of previous versions:
May 18, 2021:
empty tomb The facts of the book beg the question: Will 3-10 corporate philanthropists now launch a movement to protect in the name of Jesus 1.2 Mil. Dying Children via 300K Cong. in the dying church?
June 1, 2021:
Mission Match® is looking for 10 congregations and three to 10 corporate philanthropists to help mobilize the Church in the United States and counter trends Found in the book empty tomb®
Sylvia Ronsvalle, empty tomb, inc., (217) 356-9519, [email protected]
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