During these tight economic times, many families and businesses are feeling an economic pinch. As people lose jobs and move on in search of work, or simply reassess their giving, many churches are being impacted.


During these tight economic times, many families and businesses are feeling an economic pinch. As people lose jobs and move on in search of work, or simply reassess their giving, many churches are being impacted.
In Hannibal, the pastor of one small church - Grace Covenant - refuses to fret as budget challenges arise.
“The Lord just has a way of providing. He has a way of providing funds from the strangest places at times when they are needed. You really just don’t worry about it. You just trust the Lord. I think most pastors are the same way,” said Pastor Chuck Todd, whose West Ely Road congregation totals approximately 60 members.
Todd cites the recent loss of some families, rather than the recession, with causing budget issues at Grace Covenant.
“The finances are certainly tighter than they were, but we’ve been keeping pace. Up to this point we’ve been able to make our commitments to our missions. But within the last couple of months we have had to really begin to look a little bit and say, ‘We might need to tighten our belt up a little bit here and there,’” he said.

For additional details, see the Thursday, Dec. 24, edition of the Hannibal Courier-Post.