In a tough economy people tend to depend on a higher power to keep their finances going.
But once they come to the church, are they able to give?
"Our tithing and our offering has dropped tremendously," says Annie Anderson.
While tithing is going down ... More people are dropping by churches for assistance. But it can be difficult for churches to assist others struggling with the economy.
"Some people do drop in, and ask for donations, so what we'll do, is we just put our little monies together and take up a love offering," says Annie Anderson
In addition to helping the community, Pastor Annie Anderson says her church is having a tough time keeping up with its own finances.
"That's our biggest thing is our light bill," says Annie Anderson.
"And when churches can't help their own parishioners they can send them here to the Columbia Baptist Association ministry center."
Center Director Jeff Ross says many churches are experiencing the same things.
"We're seeing some of our churches that are struggling having enough resources, to minister to the people in their church," says Jeff.
Resources that can be found at the center for church ministries and their congregants.
"Our 55 churches are sending more of their church members here."
A place to help people stay on their feet.
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Many churches are also reaching out to larger agencies within their denominations to keep their bills paid.