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.
The cards are not to be inspected by others, but the pastor will keep a complete record of all contributions, and admonish such delinquents as neglect or but partially use this means of Christian growth in grace.
"There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty." - Prov. xi. 24.
The envelope and cards are suited to any collection, but the accompanying tract should set forth the cause for which the collection is asked. The tract should be brief, like the following:
The Collection Next Sabbath.
On the Sabbath that the envelopes are distributed, a large card, printed in large, clear type, should be suspended in front of the pulpit.
The following Sabbath, when the envelopes are returned, lest any may have forgotten the collection or left their envelopes at home, extra envelopes should be left in the seats or in a convenient place, and the following card suspended in front of the pulpit:
These cards should be not less than two feet long by fourteen inches broad, or one card may be made to serve the double purpose by having it printed upon both sides.
This system is also well suited to be used monthly. All that is necessary is to change the tract to suit the object, the envelopes and cards being the same for all objects.
Advantages. - The advantages of this plan are: (a.) It secures a subscription instead of a basket collection, and that without any delaying of the congregation after service. (b.) It secures thoughtful, intelligent giving, as it affords a means of knowing the needs of the cause, and gives an entire week to consider the subject and decide upon the amount to contribute. (c.) Each member of the family is requested and expected to subscribe something, and this exercises and disciplines the young in this grace also. (d.) It enables the session, or the pastor, to know just how each member of the church is discharging this Christian duty. (e.) It affords a means of knowing who the absentees are, so that if desirable they may be called upon privately. (f.) The greatest thing to be said in its favor is that it has succeeded wherever faithfully tried.*