How do I set the offering goal?

Pray! Ask for the Lord's guidance to help you set a goal that will challenge your church. That is the most important thing you can do. For practical handles, we've suggested some goal-setting options below:

1. Choose your challenge - Select one of four giving challenge levels highlighting the life of Lottie Moon. Dollar amounts are "per capita," based on your church's average Sunday morning worship attendance.

$25 to $49 - Cartersville Challenge - Georgia town where Lottie Moon accepted missions call
$50 to $74 - Tengchow Challenge - Chinese city where Lottie Moon began evangelism
$75 to $99 - P'ingtu Challenge - Chinese city home to Lottie Moon's most successful ministry
$100 or greater - Manchuria Challenge - Ship on which Lottie Moon made her ultimate sacrifice, dying of starvation

Help your church grow in missions giving, just as Lottie grew in missions experience. Choose your Lottie Moon challenge as you set your goal!

2. Consider an amount based on the average cost of supporting a missionary:

• $49,800 a year (average)
• $4,150 a month
• $958 a week
• $136 a day

(Reported May 2012. Support includes housing, salary, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement and more.)

Hear how a Kentucky church used these figures to set its goal.

3. Be inspired by real dollar examples of the Lottie Moon offering at work. Go to to find stories that will put a fresh face on the money your church sends. Stories are grouped for adults, students and children, and you can also search by world region.

4. See what other churches are doing. Check out ideas from churches for setting the goal as well as promoting the offering in

New! More ideas for setting your goal, plus learn how an Indiana church set – and met – a seemingly impossible goal!