New Ways To Support The Ministry

Dennis and his wife have a full-time ministry. How does he get the income back up to keep this ministry going? Dave says Dennis needs to take care of his own household first.

QUESTION: Dennis in San Francisco and his wife have a full-time ministry. Two years ago, when the economy crashed, offerings dropped, and they’ve had a 75% icome drop. How does he get the income back up to keep this ministry going? Dave says Dennis needs to take care of his own household first.

ANSWER: Continue looking at the ministry as a business. Stephen Covey says where there is no margin, there is no ministry. You need to keep this financially palatable for your family, because you need to take care of your own household first. You must first do that; otherwise this needs to be a part-time gig. Either that or you change your business model.

Companies that put sound systems or pews in churches don’t do it on a love offering. They have to be paid or they can’t stay open. You went into this ministry because you are an evangelist, and one with a great twist. But the way you get paid has to change, because you are not able to make your deal.

There are companies that book Christian speakers, so you might try that. You may be in a season where you do something else on the side and temporarily scale back this ministry until these churches recover. Your cheese got moved, and your method of doing business has to at least temporarily change because it’s not working. It either changes from the way you get paid or some supplemental income. You might create a formal donor list as if you were going on the mission field to gather support. That’s outside your comfort zone, but you don’t have any choices.