I am happy to say that even if gas hit $100 a gallon that the church would live on. At the same time the way we have structured the church – large corporate gatherings distant from many of those who attend…rising oil and gas prices can start to be reflected in the church in a number of ways.
1 – Increased need for a transportation ministry as people don’t want to drive as much
2 – Decreased numbers in parcohial schools as people have to stretch their money further and opt to put their children in public schools
3 – Decreases in giving – the priorities of the church begin to be reflected in what we choose to give our money to/spend our money on.
4 – Crunch on missionaries as the dollar has become devalued in many foreign currencies = same support yet basically receiving a cut in support as the dollar does not stretch as far or convert to as much foreign currency.
5 – Shifts in the budget – We start to see budgets shift as those ministries that spend money on gas have less to spend in other areas.
How have you seen the price of gas affect the church/ministry?