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.
On the subject of collecting the subscriptions, Rev. James Porter, D. D., very aptly remarks:
"We advise, also, that payment be kindly and promptly demanded as in every other business, and of each and every subscriber. Trustees who can readily command funds on their own personal credit are apt to neglect this. They often collect the larger subscriptions in fall, and leave the smaller ones to the last, which gives the impression to the young and poor that they are not considered of much account. This is a double mistake, first, in that it increases the liability of losing the small subscriptions altogether; and, secondly, in that it lets an opportunity slip of impressing the poor that their subscriptions, however small, are appreciated, and that they are partners in the noble enterprise. This large class of our members and friends have enough, at the least, to discourage them, and should have the benefit of all such attentions, for their own good, and that of the cause when they shall become more able. Few fully appreciate the importance of keeping such people in good spirits. Young --------- subscribed five dollars toward erecting the first little church in his native town, and raised the money by trapping musk rats, and felt the better for it, and for the manner in which it was received. When that church was superseded by a better one, a splendid edifice, he gave many thousands. Had his first noble liberality been despised, the result might have been less gratifying.
"We say, then, collect the small subscriptions promptly and kindly. Let little Tommy pay his, and Mary hers, and the old folks theirs, and make them feel they are important spokes in the wheel of progress. This will justify you in pressing your claims upon another class everywhere found, who have more means, but are constitutionally tardy, especially in paying church subscriptions."