Preaching the "gospel" is a hard business for United Church of God. After dumping a bunch of money into a new recording studio and other pet projects, UCG has discovered its income is down 8%.
We are all products of the preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom of God—given to us free of charge. It’s the convicting Word of God and the Holy Spirit that have done this. But it wasIt costs a lot of money to accomplish all the things that the United Church of God produces. There are writers, pastors, television presenters, Ambassador Bible College staff, Internet costs, and much, much more that goes into supporting our collective efforts.
Notice the one thing that UCG leaves out as a potential reason for the downfall. Have they ever considered people find their canned 1970/80's sermons and same silly exegesis methods as Herbert used as producing sermons that have no relevance to people living in the 21st century? Just how many times do people need to hear anti-Christmas, Easter, Halloween sermons or see slick videos? How many doom and gloom sermons need to be preached picturing the end times in the same brushstrokes Herbert did in the 1930/40's?And so, While we have had steady, but modest growth over the past several years, you may have read in the report from the December meeting of the Council of Elders that the Church’s income for the current fiscal year is about There are a number of possible factors contributing to the lower amount of received donations—including uncertainty about tax law changes introduced for (including changes affecting deductions for charitable contributions), and the ongoing correction in the stock market (which Reuters has described as the “worst December performance in years” for stocks).
So brethren, as UCG looks forward to setting 2019's budget you had better make damn sure you have upped your giving so that they can do what they want
Here's a suggestion for the big boys in Cincinnati. Why doesn't the top leadership take a dramatic pay cut and set the example of true leadership instead of soaking the members for more money?
Even better, why lie to them that you are preaching some kind of gospel message when you really are doing no such thing!
When has there EVER been a humble leader in the hierarchy of the United Church of God? After watching them all act like snakes in the grass while plotting to lead people away from WCG into their new money ensuring adventure, they disfellowshipped and treated people like dirt who did not agree with the changes. Then once they had money in place to ensure a good financial changeover and a steady paycheck, they jumped ship.
If they want to recoup 8% missing income, let these weasels set the example and donate their salaries.