This morning I contacted a number of churches, and asked them how they refer to the time in the service when money is collected.
was the reply of the majority of the people I asked. I was surprised, and asked 'Why'?
"We encourage people to give electronically."
Several churches had boxes at the back of church for cash giving, but where this box exists, it usually received no more than a one-line mention during the service. In summary, giving is rarely mentioned up front, nor giving time in the service to take place. I find this fascinating, and a little concerning.
"New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg calls stewardship of material possessions “the most important test-case of one’s profession of discipleship,” and names materialism as “the single biggest competitor with authentic Christianity for the hearts and souls of millions in our world today.”
Giving is important:
So, why are we so reluctant to talk about giving in our weekend services?