All the hierarchical Protestant churches do this. In ECUSA, it's semi-voluntary; in PCUSA it's mandatory and in fact is called the "presbytery tax". All in all it's not a bad way to pay for a hierarchy.
Thanks for info, I was not aware that this practice also exists within Protestant churches as well. My background is Baptist and United Methodist, so when I first heard about these "dues" I was quite surprised.
As far as the origin of the practice is concerned, I always thought paying dues to be a member of a church was something that started here in the U.S. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š At least that's how it is in the Armenian Church. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š In the "old country" nobody paid dues. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š People just donated oil for the lamps, etc. whenever it was needed. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Spiritually speaking, anybody baptized and chrismated in the Church is a member.
Thank you for your insight as well. I am quite interested in the Armenian Church, as I know next to nothing about it and what I have been reading online has been interesting an done day I hope to visit an Armenian Church to see things first-hand. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
At my church, paying dues is a pretty unpopular idea, resisted by most of the immigrants. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š We have somewhere between five to ten thousand people who consider our church to be their parish, but only a couple hundred pay dues. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I think the minimum is $75.
The situation at your church coincides with what I posted early on about the membership of churches on the Armenian Church's website for the Diocese of the Eastern United States.
In the OCA, the assessments are $240 a year.
In the Armenian church, are the assessments considered part of your tithe to the church, or in addition to it?
It would be unthinkable to deny someone a sacrament or funeral because they are not a dues paying member.
It is to me as well! ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am pleased to know that this is not the case in your church.
I was told by a friend in the GOA, as well as by someone in the OCA, that unfortunately, if one hasn't "paid up" their "dues" to the church that they would be denied a full church burial - somebody please
tell me this is false.... ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
If it's true, it's quite disheartening, to say the least.... ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š