Seven Dollars?

Most churches calculate their offerings “per person.” Take the amount of the offering and divide it by the total number of people in attendance. Established churches typically see about $20 to $30 per person. A new church will get a little less. Generally the people aren’t quite as committed to God or to the church. So new churches often take in about $10 per person.

Earlier this year we had an offering of $7. That’s not a typo. It was one of our two Sunday morning services. The attendance was about 118. That means our “per person” was six cents. Again, not a typo.

A few weeks later someone gave a recipe for sangria in our offering. I’m no expert on alcoholic beverages, but I’m guessing it might cost about $7 to buy the ingredients to make sangria.

Finally, it’s all starting to make sense.