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.
When a congregation foresees the approaching necessity of repairing or rebuilding their church edifice, they would do well to follow the method pursued by Jehoiada, Joash, Josiah and all others who pursue a careful and judicious course. If the money cannot all be gathered at once, a fixed amount may be laid by at stated intervals until an amount is accumulated sufficient to meet the necessities of the case. In securing money for a new enterprise the people are not so apt to weary of the sinking fund plan as in raising a debt, even though it should extend through a series of years.
A working, energetic pastor in the city of New York who had secured the partial use of church edifices in which to gather the people for service, succeeded in collecting a membership of nearly six hundred communicants. The gifts of the poor toward the fund for the building of a church of their own aggregated about $1,500, when the pastor inaugurated the following plan. In writing of it the author, Rev. G. U. Wenner, says:
"The details of the plan we will explain. The amount required for a church is about $24,000. The working members of the church number about six hundred. Each member must, therefore, collect or contribute about $40. This, it is true, is a large sum for poor people these hard times. But we have given each member a contribution card containing twenty names and asked them to get ten cent contributions. The object is to get a small contribution from a large number of persons, in this case twelve thousand. The immediate effort is to enlist the hearty support of the entire parish. An immense number of persons by a small contribution, become pledged, as it were, to the final success of the enterprise. Such a collection can be made without any trouble two or three times a year, and in three or four years, who shall say that we will not have money enough to pay for our church? And then, what is better than the money, there will be a large number who feel that they have a claim on that church and can tell their children: 'There, that is our church. We helped to build that church.' "
Many of the methods presented in Chapter III. could be successfully used in securing a building fund. See also the sinking-fund plan considered in its relation to securing funds for paying church debts, page 80.