Dothan churches describe impact on tithes and offerings amid COVID-19


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Amid dismal news on the national church level, two Dothan churches are not seeing a major decrease, despite initial drops in offering amounts the first week churches were required to close their buildings.

“We had a number of people asking right off,” said Harvest Church Pastor Ralph Sigler. “People who thought on their own the concern. (They) had a concern about it without even hearing anything from leadership.”

Since closing its doors six weeks ago, Harvest Church members have utilized online giving as well as bank draws to continue their weekly tithing.

“People adapted and our offerings are good now,” Sigler said. “They bounced back pretty quickly.”

Meanwhile, Ridgecrest Baptist Church members have utilized the church’s drive-through and mailing system.

“We’ve been able to engage from a safe distance those that bring their envelopes by,” said Ridgecrest Baptist Church Executive Pastor Chuck Locke. “About 28-30% give online. That’s been helpful.”

For most churches, tithes pay staff members as well as aide other local, global, and ministry service organizations.

“If we’re weak here, then we can’t be strong worldwide,” Locke explained. “So it’s a balance. Certainly led by God’s Holy Spirit and the leadership of our senior pastor.”

Both churches plan to keep their doors shut for as long as health officials and state leaders require. In the meantime, both are offering their Sunday sermons via digital outlets.

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