POST-PANDEMIC CHURCH & Passing the plate may disappear as churches alter giving practices for safety and health.

Commentary by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D, 2/9/21.

There are new “best practices” emerging in the new normal. And, I’ve been describing them in my 14th book, Growing the Post-pandemic Church: A Guide.

How the offering is received is changing from passing a plate, to online giving and receptacles mounted around the church facility. While I know of no research that has compared the financial efficacy of the new approaches, there is research that shows that offering plates and the money within them carry bacteria and fungi.

For our older parishioners who are taking steps to limit their exposure to viruses, the church that practices safety and health may wish to move its giving to safer and healthier options.

Take a look at this article published by the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health titled: Dirty Money on Holy Ground: Isolation of Potentially Pathogenic Bacteria and Fungi on Money Collected from Church Offerings