One of post-2008 Recession’s reality checks has been the challenge placed on many congregations and denominations. Local churches were frail enough already, and for some, the economic downturn accelerated a series of anxious questions and difficult decisions. Churches closed. Some churches lost significant endowments while also dealing with the consequences of higher than prudent use of principle if not their dividends to meet operational shortfalls. Churches without a reasonable grasp of their financial and property management (admittedly few and far between) are still bailing out the water, often casting clergy with modest compensation and some benefits overboard in favor of part-time pastors who still are expected to keep up with the duties of their predecessors.
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