Rick Warren's Plea Rakes In $2.4M
Saddleback pastor sought $900K from parishioners to bridge budget gap
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 3, 2010 6:51 AM CST
Pastor Rick Warren says his call for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch has brought in $2.4 million.   (Charles Sykes)
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(Newser) – Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers at the church yesterday. Warren said the amount raised after the appeal was posted online Wednesday included only money parishioners brought in person to Saddleback Church by New Year's Eve. More was arriving by hand and by mail, he said.

"This is pretty amazing," said Warren, who made the announcement by bringing out 24 volunteers each holding a sign for $100,000. The pastor said he planned to talk about what he called his church's "radical generosity" in the rest of the weekend's sermons. He said the total came from members, and donations were all under $100. Warren said the church had largely managed to stay within its budget during the year, but "the bottom dropped out" when Christmas donations were down.