Retired Clergy Commentary
April 26, 2020
Did you ever wonder what it takes to keep a place of worship open? From services, events to meetings from both its members and the community.
In times of uncertainty many depend on their faith to get them through difficult times. It’s the one place we were taught in this generation that the church is the one institution you could depend to be open.
Many understand that extreme measures were needed to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but many religious organizations will need to turn to more than their faith but now finances or should I say the lack of finances.
Congregations across Kentucky were already struggling with the increase in expenses and the decline in membership and visitors. Now, in these times will many survive the shutdown?
Without the constant of tithes, offering and donations many across the Commonwealth must seek funding just to keep their doors open.
With so much on everyone’s plate churches are missing the collection plate being passed. I’m sure anything you can give will help them in ways you have no idea. Many are still trying to assist members and many of the church’s leadership are reaching into their own pockets to keep some programs going.
Whether you go to your place of worship once a week, once a month and/or once a year bills still need to be paid.
Rev. Alex C. Shanklin, retired pastor as pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church located in the Smoketown neighborhood in Louisville, KY. Prior to retiring Shanklin and members of the congregation paid off their mortgage and held a mortgage burning ceremony on February 28, 2016. Shanklin served as pastor for 35 years.
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