Church buildings should be able to do extra with much less – Tim Keller
Tim Keller, pastor of the Savior Presbyterian Church, ManhattanThe gospel coalition
With the corona virus straining finances and increasing demand, churches need to find ways to serve their congregations with less than usual, says Tim Keller.
The popular pastor and writer said at the 2020 virtual summit that as a result of the pandemic, churches have to think differently about administration.
He said he saw similarities between the effects of Covid-19 and the aftermath of September 11 when income in the church he founded – Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York – fell by a quarter.
"Christian institutions will have to do more with less," he said at the summit.
"The number of people and the needs increased massively (but) because people lost their jobs and left the city and there was an enormous shortage of income," he said.
He said he now sees "exactly the same thing" with corona virus.
"All the churches I know say: & # 39; We have to do more with less. We have far more needs and we have fewer resources for it. & # 39; That means not only a new approach to administration, but also thinking about what you're spending your money on, "he said.
Keller admitted that he was unsure of the future, but said that regardless of how the pandemic develops, "innovative thinking will be required" and "more networking and speaking".
He also predicted that the churches would need to reduce some of their programs to focus on people's needs, pointing out the possibility that pastors could cut wages.
"The second is you always lead through sacrifice," he said.
"The Church in general has to spend more or less money on itself – that is, on its own programs – and more money on people in need. And the only way to do that is to cut down on the things you do right now."
"Does that mean sacrificing part of your salary to make sure you are able to meet the needs of your community? I don't know," he continued.
"But leadership always happens through innovation and sacrifice. And we'll have to do both in the next year or two."