This section is from the "How To Pay Church Debts And How To Keep Churches Out Of Debt" book, by Rev. Sylvanus Stall. Amazon: How To Pay Church Debts And How To Keep Churches Out Of Debt.
No one plan is equally well suited to meet the requirements of all parishes. Each pastor, or committee, must select such a one as comes nearest to meeting their wants, and then modify until all difficulties are overcome. In raising a debt, more will depend upon the plan used, and the prudence of the committee, than in securing money for a new enterprise. Yet it is well to add, that too much importance is not to be attached to the plan. A fixed method is necessary, and a good plan is much to be preferred to a poor one, yet no plan will of itself do the work, or pay the debt. A plan may be like a mechanical contrivance for applying power for the accomplishment of a desired result. It may be so rudely constructed, or be so deficient in many of its parts that there will be great loss of motive power; or, it may be constructed with the greatest nicety of adjustment, and be deficient only in wanting the power necessary to accomplish the desired result. A poorly chosen plan may greatly hinder, or even defeat the efforts of the most judicious committee, and upon the other hand, a plan may be faultless, but be so poorly worked, that it would be impossible for it to produce anything but failure.
"The best mode of securing contributions is not necessarily that which secures, in every instance, the largest contributions, but that which gives play to the grace of beneficence in the greatest number, and which secures cheerfulness and intelligent satisfaction in the act of the donors. In the long run, this method will also be found to secure the largest contributions."
One very desirable feature in any plan is, that it should render it easy for the people to see how the amount needed may easily be raised by united effort. The plan should not only itself be simple, but should also simplify the payment of the debt. To its simplicity it should add efficiency.