I have sometimes sought to paint a picture of what just a little more faithful, Biblical giving can do in a Church. Here's an example from my ministry in South Africa's "provincial" city Port Elizabeth. At the beginning of a certain year, we asked our members to increase their pledges by 6% if they would like to employ a Youth Worker -- and we put a big barometer up at the back of the Church to follow our progress. The 6% materialised, and a Youth Worker was appointed. Church attendance almost immediately jumped 40%, and the number of Youth in the Church greatly increased. A mere 6% increase in pledges gave the Church a whole new lease on life. OBSERVATION: Notice also the proactive approach we took to finance. Instead of looking first at the money that we had, we focused on what God was calling us to.