The ‘Pay What You Want' Experiment at Synagogues

by Michael Paulson. The New York Times.


This New York Times article profiles various congregations that are trying new ways of collecting funds from members.


pros and cons for current practices and new alternatives

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Brainstorm new ways to collect funds from congregation members after reading this article with clergy and lay leaders.
  • Adapt one of the described practices after weighing the pros and cons of each and determining which will work best for your congregation.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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