Transforming Church Practices: Shifting the Focus from Money to Worship and Community

Transforming Church Practices: Shifting the Focus from Money to Worship and Community

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I recently had a conversation with someone who identified as a Christian. When I suggested they attend church, they expressed reluctance, explaining that their past experiences had left them feeling that church services focused too much on monetary contributions rather than aiding those in need. Sadly, I’ve encountered similar sentiments from others I’ve shared the gospel with. While I emphasized to this person that the church is not flawless and that gathering together is essential, I couldn’t deny that, in some places, the emphasis on monetary collection seems overwhelming.

In light of this, I humbly request pastors and church administrators who come across this message to consider a shift in approach. Rather than frequently calling on attendees to contribute during the service, you might consider placing an offering box at the back of the church for voluntary donations. Moreover, including the church’s bank account details in the bulletin, along with explaining the importance of giving, would empower members to contribute as they see fit. It’s equally crucial to establish a welfare department to support members in need, if one does not already exist.

Let’s strive to ensure that the primary focus of our church services remains the worship of God and the nurturing of fellowship among members, rather than an undue preoccupation with monetary collections.

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin ‘Badeniyi, a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in Food Science from University of Pretoria South Africa. Since 2001, he has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of food quality and safety. He is the editor of Food Science and Technology: Trends and Future Prospects and has published numerous scientific publications as well as four inspirational books.

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