Preaching and Fund-Raising

  • It is inappropriate and even dishonest to pull a kind of bait and switch and replace what people expect in a sermon—the promise of God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, justice, and participation in God’s own life revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ—with a fund-raising appeal.

    Craig A. Satterlee

    Last week the Alban Institute released a provocative article on preaching by Craig A. Satterlee, titled “Preaching is Not Fund-Raising From the Pulpit”.  Here is the link to the article.

    The author argues that we must “distinguish the proclamation of the gospel from an appeal about the financial needs of the congregation”.

    I agree — but would point out that the church in mission serves the needs of others, but does not have any of its own.  And how do we separate serving the needs of others from the message of the Gospel?

    What do you think?  Is it possible to proclaim the Gospel while talking about money and giving?

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