Supplementing a love offering
by Robin H.
Every year our church takes up a love offering as a Christmas gift for the pastor. In the past, this offering has reached a certain amount and so for this year we are only at about a fourth of that amount. It has been suggested that we use congregational care money (i.e. money that is set aside from the offering for families in need). I think this use of the money is wrong for several reasons 1) At this point it's like we're asking the congregation to supplement the pastor's bonus, 2) Members have received a tax credit for money that has gone into the congregation care fund and now that money is being used in a way that is not tax deductible, 3) This is using congregational care money for a purpose for which it was not intended, 4) This "supplemental" amount is not being taxed as a normal bonus would. What are your thoughts?