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.
Rev. William Ramsey, in considering how weak, struggling congregations may be enabled to pay their disheartening debts, suggests the following:
"It can be done in a short time, by a number of Christians, who are not needed in the larger and wealthier churches, uniting their contributions, efforts and prayers with those who are laboring in the feebler churches. In this manner they will obey the injunction of the apostle, who said, 'I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak;' and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, when he said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
"I will illustrate my meaning by a case which is worthy of being recorded. There are, I trust, many like it. May there be many more. It is this: In conversing with Mr. K., a worthy member of the Methodist church, the following dialogue took place:
"I - 'Where now do you attend church V
"K - 'I attend the Wharton-street Church.'
"I - 'When did you go there?'
"K. - 'I will tell you. You know we built a church there some time ago. We had a very good minister, but, as the population was very much scattered, and there were but few members, the church did not prosper. It was then proposed that a number of members from the city churches should go and aid them. About two hundred of us volunteered to go. Some go as far as two miles or more, every Sabbath and through the week. I have been there about two years. Our coming inspired the minister and the people with new zeal. We went to work, and we have now a membership of about six hundred.'
"I - 'Well, my friend, you adopted the right plan, and if other weak churches could be aided in the same way, they might prosper, too.'
"'K. - 'No doubt of it. Feeble churches need something else besides money.'
"I - 'I suppose that you are not sorry that you have left your old church, to labor there?'
"K.- 'No, sir. We have seen some precious times there. But, as they are pretty strong now, some of us are drawing off, with the intention of aiding some other feeble church.'
"I - 'Go on in your good work, my brother, and may the Lord prosper you!'
"We shook hands and parted.
"Now, something like this might be done with the greatest ease imaginable, for every feeble church. Yea, more, it ought to be done; and the word of the Lord would have free course and be glorified. But will Christians do so? Probably not. But the time will come, when God shall raise up another generation of Christians, who will possess a different spirit."