The Wall Street Journal recently covered the financial strain churches are facing as the recession continues. It’s really the same story we’ve seen before with churches tightening budgets, laying folks off, and on the plus side, increasing ministries to the unemployed and helping folks out.
But the most telling quote comes from Brian Keith, a 39-year-old engineer who is currently unemployed. He cut his financial donations to the church, but increased his volunteering:
“Ten percent of zero is zero,” he said. “I can’t tithe without a job.”