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Are churches not effected by the economy?

The church down the street from my house 2 years ago was an old smallish church. It the last two years not only have they completely redone their church, they have bought all the land around them (expensive because we live in SoCal at the beach), but they have built 5 new huge buildings, each being large enough to probably hold a good size concert venue. It makes me wonder if churches are still doing well (in this case fabulous) while the rest of the country is in a recession?

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trippyhippy

Asked by trippyhippy at 10:08 AM on Jun. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • churches/religious organizations don't pay taxes...which is wrong
    aliishott2

    Answer by aliishott2 at 10:09 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • The vast majority of churches are having to tighten things up during this time. People are giving less because they are making less. Our own church has tightened its belt considerably.

    The church near you may have been saving up for years to purchase and build. Many of the churches I have been in will have a building fund and save until they can buy without loans. If that is what the church did, then it was probably a great time to buy land! Or they may have taken out loans.
    micheledo

    Answer by micheledo at 10:14 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • churches/religious organizations don't pay taxes...which is wrong


    Why should they pay taxes on money that has already been taxed? Churches get their money from their members....who pay taxes!

    I don't know about the church the OP is talking about, but our church received an endowment from a member as is completely redoing our religious education center. Our diocese is building a wonderful new "camp" facility. They took pledges and had special offering for a few years before starting it. They are also getting some funding from the "mother" church.

    Our parish is having a hard time in this economy though. The church has had to cut back on some things because of a decrease in tithes. On the surface, with the renovations going on it probably looks like we are rolling in dough!!
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:23 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • Some churches have debt just like anyone else. We have one "mega" church here that is millions in the whole. It is unbiblical and I would say most churches don't build until they have the funds.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:27 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • It's also likely that they got a great deal in this market, then had parishoners donate goods and services for buildings. In times of need, when cash is tight, some churches will allow you to tithe other ways. They also may have a congregation that is well off.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:27 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • There are many rich people who donate to churches ....they are "buying their way into heaven" ..and even the poor church goers tithe and give,hoping they will be "blessed" in the process. As long as there are suckers, the churches will survive...and grow.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:36 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • 10:27 AM on Jun. 16, 2010 by: Anonymous
    Some churches have debt just like anyone else. We have one "mega" church here that is millions in the whole. It is unbiblical and I would say most churches don't build until they have the funds
    _____________
    in the WHOLE??? LOL. I believe the phrase is "in the hole"...but . WHat about "unbiblical" ? What do you mean?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • Some churches are doing well, some aren't. Also, sometimes a church will get a gift from a congregant (usually when the person dies). It's not uncommon when that happens that someone who gives it will specify that the money be used for something specific - buying land, putting on a new roof, starting a scholarship for children of congregants, funding the start of a school at the church, etc.

    The church then has no choice but to use the gift for what it was intended, or not accept the gift.

    Also, frequently churches will be saving for yrs to expand, so what seems like they're doing it "all at once" when in reality, they've been saving for sometimes 10 yrs or more for it. (So instead of buying the land, then waiting, they wait, then buy the land then build.)

    Oh, and sometimes if members of the congregation are in that particular business - say, construction - they will sometimes build "at cost" as their contribution.
    sailorwifenmom

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 10:40 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • Our church is struggling because donations have been down in the recession. However, it has still expanded it's outreach by providing food and clothing to the poor.

    I'd say it really depends on the church.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 11:04 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

  • alliishott ~ churches/religious organizations don't pay taxes...which is wrong

    There's always one, lol. If the churches pay taxes they can involve themselves in politics and the government. Speaking as a Christian as well as a student of history I do not want ANY church in the US involved in our government, and certainly not aking policy. Why is this such a difficuly concept for some people to grasp?

    Those who don't attend church can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact that just as they can spend their money on what they like, so can church goers. If they put their money into the church it is their business. Considering how many people tell them to 'keep it in church', I chuckle every time someone moans about taxing churches or how the mega churches are building their own religious communities and keeping themselves ~ and their money ~ in the church.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 11:50 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

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