Today, 1 in 4 children under the age of 18, a total of about 17.4 million, are being raised without a father and nearly half (45 percent) live below the poverty line, according to the Single Mother Guide. For those living with a father only, about 21 percent live in poverty.[i]
These realities surely represent many within the church. Couple that truth with the fact that the average household carries nearly $16,000 in credit card debt[ii], and there is a crisis at hand in our country.
Yes, the church has made advances in offering financial advice and debt reduction programs, but the church rarely speaks about increasing revenue. At some point, revenue can only be divided so many ways, and as families grow, cost grows. The church needs to educate their people on how to grow their revenue if they want to help meet the needs of the people.
The challenge is who can teach it and what should they teach? Additionally, many will argue that growing revenue is not the church’s business.
However, when 25% of households don’t have a father present, and nearly half of those families live below the poverty line, then helping households grow their revenue is an act of mercy.
Surely, most churches could task their deacons with designing a program or they could ask members in the church in the business realm to speak to the task. Pastors could address dollars and cents in more areas than just tithing.
No matter the approach, churches must consider the issues and consider how they can best serve their congregations. If not, specific needs of their people (mainly children) are going to go unmet.
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