From the Pastor’s Desk
Notre Dame University’s Science of Generosity Initiative (http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/) has recently shone a light upon American’s notions and habits with regards to generosity and giving. Some of their findings include[i]:
About two-thirds of Americans agree that it is very important to be a generous person
Americans perceive themselves as a generous nation
45% of Americans gave no money to charity in the previous year (including a staggering 40% of those who said a generous self-identity was important to them!)
Less than 25% of Americans gave more than $500 annually.
In short, a relatively small number give freely and generously whilst most give little to nothing
There is something incredibly painful about church division. In my pastoral ministry, I have seen conflicts erupt over a clock being moved, dishes being washed, and decorations gone astray. Little things can become massive points of contention.