Posts Tagged ‘Church and Money’

Pastor claims giving more money will hasten second coming

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

A right-wing evangelical pastor, Jesse Duplantis, said on live TV that the reason for Jesus’s absence is that congregations do not give enough money to their churches During the four-day event, ‘Victorython’  in September Jesse Duplantis said: “I honestly believe this – the reason why Jesus hasn’t come is that people are not giving the Read more

Kiwi company continues making money out of mega churches

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

New Zealand company, Pushpay, will see business pick up now from churches in the United States. Pushpay services include a web-enabled giving platform and online donor management. Net profit fell 15 percent for the year ended March 31. One of the issues facing Pushpay has been the recent sale of shares by key investors. That Read more

Documentary: How church tithing affected a family

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The New Zealand International Film Festival programme page for Mafile‘o’s first feature should come with a warning: it will tug hard at your heartstrings. It’s showing at the local festival as it moves around the country following screenings in the indigenous section of the Berlin International Film Festival in February and the Los Angeles Asian Read more

New Zealand investigates Samoan church with cryptocurrency links

Monday, June 17th, 2019

New Zealand authorities are investigating a prominent Samoan church with links to a cryptocurrency labelled as a fraudulent pyramid scheme. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) probe into the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC) – which has branches in New Zealand, Australia and Samoa – comes amid a seperate investigation by Samoa’s Central Read more

For My Father’s Kingdom: This powerful, personal film will make you cry

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

At the centre of My Father’s Kingdom, it is Vea Mafile’o’s father, Saia Mafile’o, a South Auckland pensioner with a charismatic personality and deep ties to the church. Vea turns the camera on her family, and around on herself, to focus on struggling relationships, burning resentments, generational divides and cultural clashes that stretch back decades. Read more

Samoan Govt seizes Church ministers’ assets

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Samoan government has begun to seize money from the accounts of church ministers who have failed to submit a monthly tax return as required by recently enacted legislation. The Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said his ministry estimated more than 250 ministers of the church owed $US2500 each in unpaid tax for the first Read more

Backlash after tap and go collection plate launched

Monday, October 1st, 2018

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Australia is taking heat for implementing a tap and go collection plate. The Roman Catholic cathedral in Sydney announced the moved on its Facebook page, but the outcry was so swift that the post was deleted soon after. Read more

Government funding for churches in Timor-Leste under review

Monday, October 1st, 2018
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In Timor Leste, where the population is 90% Catholic, the government makes a significant financial contribution to the Catholic church. The way in which the funding is carried out is now under review. The government will not comment on how the funding is to be allocated this year and it could be facing a fight with Read more

Catholic church in Samoa accepts the new tax laws

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The Catholic Church and the Methodist Church in Samoa have said that they accept a new law requiring their ministers to pay tax. But at a recent general assembly, the leaders of the Congregational Christian Church (CCCS) said they would ignore the law. In a speech in parliament, the prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi praised the Read more

Church puts funds raised for Putaruru family in trust for Children

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A church holding funds for a Putaruru family who suffered from severe poisoning last year has released only part of the $100,000 raised. This story has been updated: Read The St Thomas Marthoma Church of New Zealand has released $42,520 of the $102,764 donated earlier this year after three members of the Kochummen family became Read more