Christians Begging

We’re at that time of year again when the Christian radio stations in these parts spend a week or two begging their listeners for money.

I probably blogged about this six months ago, at the last begging season, but it REALLY annoys me so I’m going to do it again!

dogbeggingAs far as I see it, if you’re a listener supported radio station then do two things:

  1. Do what the bible says and ask God, in prayer, for what you need, believing that he will answer
  2. Let your listeners know by saying something like “Hey, we’re listener supported. Please pray about whether or not God wants you to help support us, and if he does, call 555-God-Says-Yes”
  3. Be done with it, get on with your radio broadcasting.

I do realize that you don’t get all your listeners listening at the same time, so once an hour for a couple of days is OK… but that’s it.

If God wants you to be on air then he will call his people to give and one of two things will happen:

  1. They’ll answer God’s call and you’ll have everything you need flooding in
  2. They won’t answer God’s call and you’ll be forced to close – but the failure will be on THEIR heads, not yours. You’ve been faithful, they haven’t.

Instead, however, we get to listen to the stations begging and pleading hour after hour, day after day like they’re not backed by the King of kings and Lord of lords or something.

It really seems like a terribly bad witness to me… and so very ridiculous for children of Almighty God, the Creator of All Things.

So as I was writing this, I got to thinking…

Those stations always say something like “If just 5% of our listeners pledged $20 per month, we’d be fully funded!”

So, I thought about my readers…

My best guestimate is that I have around 120 ‘regular readers’ That includes RSS and email subscriptions, daily visitors etc etc. It may be more, it may be dramatically less – but let’s go with 120 just for fun.

If just 5% of those 120 readers pledged $20 per month to keeping this blog ministry going, that would be 6 people, totaling $120 per month or $1,440 per year.

That would be AWESOME. $1,440 would pay for:

  • A replacement laptop as mine broke today and I’ll need a new one pretty soon or I won’t be able to write the blog any more (I found one that would do the job for $450)
  • My internet connection costs me $35 per month ($420 per year)
  • Anniversary giveaways
  • Hosting
  • Chocolate to keep me awake late at night, when I’m writing
  • … and we would probably still have enough left over for the blog to start sponsoring a child through Compassion or World Vision or something, which would be AMAZING!

Doesn’t even suggesting that sound totally ridiculous?

Yet we accept it from our radio stations. Why is that?

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If you want to donate to your local Christian radio station, I’m sure they have a website you can donate at, don’t delay, go donate now before you even leave a comment.

If you’d rather donate to your church, that would be TERRIFIC! Just drop the money in the tithe box/bag/tray/bucket this week

If you’d like to sponsor a child, you can do so through Compassion, World Vision, Aunty Katie, or many other organizations.

Or, if I’m wrong and it’s not ridiculous to beg for donations and you’d like to make a donation, one time or recurring, toward this blog, you can do so here:


About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

18 thoughts on “Christians Begging”

  1. nAncY says:

    you have a good point about how the radio stations do their begging.

  2. I don't mind this so much. I don't listen to the radio, Christian or otherwise,because they all overplay popular songs. I much prefer to have my healthy collection of songs put on random with the knowledge that if a song comes on that I'm not excited about at the time I can click next.

    When I did listen to listener supported radio I hated the fact that they claimed to be non commercial but then would allow supporters to get air time if they donated enough. Become a day supporter by giving enough to support an entire day and we will mention you for 30 seconds 4 times an hour all day long. Want to spread it out? Not a problem just sponsor specific hours of the day for the year and during, say morning and evening rush we will mention you for 30 seconds 4 times an hour during those times. If you just want to tell you parents you love them that is cool, if you own a business then we'll talk about that. Want to know how many individuals did that verses businesses? Yeah it works out that the commercials that the radio station didn't have far outweighed the listeners supporting them and yet they continued to claim to be commercial free.

  3. chrissulli says:

    Interesting. I don't really listen to Christian radio. I'd rather pick my own music off my ipod but I can see how beg can show a lack of faith. It also shows a lack of creativity. There have to be some innovative ways to get your listeners involved and supporting the station or to raise funds in other ways.

  4. Bridget says:

    The station I listen to from time to time just finished their pledge week…I wanted to scream each time I turned in on to hear them saying the same thing over & over. I do love what they do and the impact they make…but…ugh!
    Your idea is not crazy…I'd love a Starbuck's fund, personally. 🙂

  5. Mark says:

    I will donate a penny 🙂
    You raise a good point. George Mueller comes to mind – he never begged or asked for anything from anyone – he just prayed, had faith, and the needs were always met – maybe no one nowadays has enough faith

  6. jasonS says:

    I’ve been thinking how to respond to this. I see your point about the radio stations, but I think Chris is right that creativity and innovation could go a long way.

    I’m an unpaid pastor who works a second full-time job. Attempting to care for 60+ people, keep everything going, and lead us forward is busy at best. I’m certainly not saying I do that by myself, but there is a great measure of responsibility on my shoulders that I have accepted as God’s call for me.

    If I could be supported (even marginally) enough through other means, I wouldn’t be working 40 hours a week at a “real” job. I’d be concentrating on what God has given us to do through our church. That’s not going to happen at this moment, but I am working on just that, tossing around ideas (in fact, asking God for ideas) and praying a lot. I simply want to do what God has called me to do (which takes some action on my part).

    I don’t believe that you’re saying this, but some people think any asking is begging. As though, you should never ask. To me that’s just pride. To say God would never do it “that” way is silly. He obviously has all sorts of avenues and channels and we have to be sensitive to however He would lead us.

    I know I have to stop now, but these are a few of the thoughts rattling around this morning. 🙂

    1. Peter_P says:

      I'm a great believer in the George Mueller method: Ask constantly, just ask God not man.

      However, to say that's the 'only' way would be nonsense, God uses different people in different ways and what he wants me to do might not be what he wants you to do.

      I have to draw the line at some of the begging, pleading and emotional manipulation that goes on on the radio and through letters we receive though. It's like people leave the entire work of the Holy Spirit out of the equation!

  7. Billy Coffey says:

    I'm with you, Peter. This time of year I keep my radio dial elsewhere. I'd much rather hear the same songs over and over than how the very soul of the local Christian radio station is in dire straits and only I can save it.

    Ugh.

  8. Candy says:

    I like my iPod tunes, too, but do listen to radio from now and then – just not this time of year. I mean, when my shuffle takes me to the Muppets "National Association of W Lovers Club" or Bert & Ernie singing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon," who can go wrong? Yeah, I forgot to take that childhood album out of my music when I synced. They'll get my donation, just don't ask me 20 times a day.

  9. nAncY says:

    well, here is the other side…if everyone that did listen gave just a little, they would not have to ask/beg….or would they still ask for more? who knows?

    we all want more than we need, don't we?

  10. Erin says:

    I love the post and totally agree and it annoys me too especially for some one who can't afford to fill their MP3 with all the great music she wants lol ok I digress…

    BUT the thing that got me most excited about this post is your mention and you even linked to Katie's site. THANK YOU!!
    There are so many people /sites like this that need donations and aren't recognized by name just because they dont get mulit-million dollar donations every year so they get passed by some many, un-knowingly and really by no flault of their own. Just because people that have a voice and can bring attention to them either just don't or haven't heard of them either. so again you have my heart felt thanks,. Even if just one person donates or just one other person learns of Katies story and then 'mentions' it to another….well thats how word gets around and needs can be prayed for and help can come forth even if just in the form of prayers becuase so far thats what Katie has been living on prayers.

    1. Peter_P says:

      Do you know Katie?

      I just discovered her blog this weekend!

  11. Erin says:

    LOL … well I should be offended knowing you haven't been paying attention to my Facbook for the last month or so but I'm not. I'm just happy you found her and metioned her. No, I personally do not know Katie but about a month ago I learned of her blog from Jenny's blog (Jenny of Addison Road http://www.jennysimmons.com/ )
    and spent a whole night going from the last post to the begining of her (Katies) journery it was like reading a great book of true life service to God filled with heartache and humbling and healing and most important the wholeness that consumes you when you finally get right where you have known God wants you , no matter what you have to do to get there.

    ok so because you revealed (lol admitted) your don't even look at my Facebook, just how did you come to find out about Katie?

    1. Peter_P says:

      I go on Facebook once or twice a day. I check out people's updates but only those who appear on the screen in front of me. It generally asks me if I want to see all 300 updates since I last looked… my answer is… NO! 🙂

      I'm sorry I hadn't seen your FB.

      I found out about Katie because someone posted a link on Twitter, which I happened to see and click on. She's pretty inspiring!

  12. Erin says:

    LOL I totally get that. I do the same thing. But because Im anti social and only have 60 friends or so I don't have that many updates to look at.

    Thats cool I'm glad to hear the word is getting around. I agree she is definietly inspiring.

  13. Frank says:

    Once again playing catchup…

    Peter, I agree… and I don't. I used to feel the same way and I hate christian (intentional little c) talking-heads who shill for products to pay their way. I also don't understand how Christian radio goes commercial free when radio ministries are on, but the commercials come on full force once the talk-shows, news programs, etc come on. Because of that, I'm sympathetic to radio ministries more than stations. They have to pay for their air time and that adds up fast. But I've also warmed to supporting certain stations. That doesn't mean I have to be beaten over the head with it, as others mention.

    Anyway, I've blogged on this a couple of times if you're interested: http://theoppositepc.blogspot.com/2009/10/support… and http://theoppositepc.blogspot.com/2009/04/christi

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