Florida ‘Church’ To Member: Pay Your Dues Or You’re Out

A woman in Florida says that she is shock after receiving a letter from the leaders of her congregation, demanding that she pay $1,000 in dues every year or else “be removed from the church roll.” “What church charges you to help pay off what they’re going through?” Candace Petterson told local television station WFTS-TV. “I’m not there for that.” The letter, sent by Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church Assistant Administrator Ladreda Spencer earlier this month, informed Petterson that she was “delinquent in [her] financial support.” “Anytime a member fails to contribute the minimum assessed amount for three or more months in the year, they become a delinquent member,” the letter states. “In order not to be removed from the church roll, your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.”The correspondence goes on to explain that there are two levels of dues: one standard for youth and another for adults. Youth dues are $90 a year and adult dues are $1,000 a year. Once a youth member graduates from high school or college—whatever their highest level of education desired—and completes their studies, they are held to adult financial contribution standards.

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