This is an interesting question. Why do you want to know?
Thank you to everyone who answered. PtA
, here's the background. In 2008 and for 2009, my Church has set a Stewardship Goal of $1,000,000.
Through 2008, the Church has collected nearly $450,000 in Stewardship. Since 35% of Stewardship monies arrive in December, the total amount from Stewardship would be around $650-700K which falls short of the goal unless a wealthy parishioner or 2 puts a 6 figure check in the offering tray.
At the recent Parish Assembly, I argued for $800,000 Stewardship given the economic downturn. Arguments fell on deaf ears and the $1,000,000 goal was overwhelmingly passed for 2009's budget year. Originally, I argued for $650,000 Stewardship and someone replied that I wanted to "close the doors of the Church."
Community placed a Capital Development Fundraising Plan (goal was $15 Million) on the back burner due to the economic downturn. Fundraising consultant collected $125,000 in fees, which were to be paid from restricted funds, but were apparently paid from operating funds. Usual contributions to Archdiocese and other community organizations have not been paid due to shortage of operating funds.
Given the provided background, I wanted to know if other Orthodox Churches collect $1,000,000 in Stewardship because I think such a figure is unreasobable, unattainable and reflects desperation by the Church's leaders who are unable to rein in spending rather than optimism or even Faith in God that better days are ahead.
My Priests have always been like Mark Hanna's
Priests in not preaching about money from the Pulpit. A lot of people have left my Church and return only for funerals, weddings and baptisms. A perception exists in the Community that wealthy parishioners are keeping the Church afloat which is absolutely false. Many families have not made contributions in years and continue to attend on a somewhat irregular basis. In these times of desperation, the Priest may have to preach about money from the Pulpit.