The Crisis in the Churches: Spiritual Malaise, Fiscal Woe

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What emerges is that parishioners often feel the church does not care about what they do from Monday to Friday, offers no guidance in theirmost pressing day to day concerns, yet always seems to be asking for more money. Clergy, for their part, say they hesitate to talk about finances because they know "the money question" makes people uncomfortable. But failure to raise the subject often makes it necessary to cut the very programs andservices that middle class parishioners desire and would support.

Wuthnow argues that in order to survive, churches must find ways to minister to the economic concerns of their own middle class parishioners.

Clearly, anything that motivates middle class members to become more involved will strengthen a church's financial well being and capacity to serve its people. Although the situation is critical, Wuthnow finds much cause for hope. He points to ideas and programs that some churcheshave enacted to challenge their members to think differently about work and money and giving. Parishioners sometimes respond positively when clergy speak boldly and concretely about matters of faith and finance, and some churches have formed small groups whose members meet regularly to discussissues of spirituality, work, personal finances, and stewardship.

A serious and sympathetic examination of the crisis behind the stained glass, this thought-provoking volume will be highly valuable both practically and as moral support to clergy, parishioners, and anyone else concerned about restoring vitality and significance to American churches.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. Wuthnow's work was interesting, and an in-depth view as to what clergy think about the crisis facing churches today. The work is based on a questionaire. The interview-style book was great to know what clergy are thinking, but in a way Wuthnow's focus was lost in all of the questions being answered. It seemed as though his focus was lost in the explanations of clergy responses. Format: Hardcover. This is an excellent treatment of the condition of the church in America today, offering both serious examination and hope for remedy.

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See both reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. He suggests that the financial crisis facing the church has to do with our inability to talk about our relationship with money.

I suspect not much has changed since Wuthnow first mapped this issue.

Telling our Stories about God and Money

Is it any surprise that ministers hesitate to speak about money when their livelihoods often depend on the generosity of church members? Any talk about money also brings to mind mundane matters like budgets, taxes, and retirement planning. These concerns hardly seem to inspire joyful worship and prayer. Preaching and teaching about money can also be fraught with theological issues related to popular ideas about the gospel and prosperity.

Perhaps the biggest reason we do not talk about money is a cultural notion that personal finances are private concerns. Wuthnow points out, at the time of the book, that fewer than one in four Americans talk with close friends about personal finances. Only four percent have discussed their use of money with a clergyperson. Unfortunately, this gap causes us to assume that discussions about money have no place in corporate spiritual practices, as if we cannot look to one another to address our worries and even shame regarding money and debt. Especially debt.