The Dreaded Offering

Every Sunday, just about every church in America takes an offering. They make it a part of their time together for two primary reasons: it is an act of worship and it probably reminds people to give, so in theory more people give.

I’ve always hated the offering time though. Very rarely is it something I look forward to.

I don’t like it if I’m out in the seats because I prefer to give online, so people whose eyes wander probably think I don’t give.

And I don’t like it when I’m on the stage because it usually creates an unnatural break of momentum.

Usually the offering time comes right before or after the message so there is a somewhat awkward transition from a music set of 4 or 5 songs, then an offering, and then a talk.

But rather than simply hate on the offering time, the people I work with who help plan our weekend gatherings have come up with some alternative ideas that help the offering continue the momentum and feeling of the gathering.

  1. Play and sing a special song especially tied to the topic of the day.
  2. Play more than one congregational song, which allows people to re-engage.

I’m curious for those of you who have opinions and/or have helped plan church gatherings…

What have you done with the offering time to not make it such an unnatural break of momentum?