June 14, 2013

The Next Time Someone Complains about Giving Money to the Church for Mission

Today CNN announced the results of its investigation of charities. To see the 50 worst, go to

I think some of these will surprise you. But do you see any from the United Methodist Church or any other denominational agency for that matter? The answer is no.

The church may not have glitzy ads or tear-jerking pictures on TV, but when we give our money to the United Methodist World Service fund or United Methodist Committee on Relief, for example well over 90% if not 100% of the money goes directly where needed. This beats the puny percentage that goes from many other charities.

So when someone complains about the church and then turns around and gives money to one of these charities, please direct them to the CNN link.

I just came from our UM Annual Conference, where we talk and debate over how much we can afford to give to missions, where the average member gives only about 2-3% of their income to the church. If we committed ourselves to really supporting mission with our tithes (10%), think what we can do.

Grace and Peace,

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