Pastor Rick Warren Asks for $900,000, Receives $2.4 million

January 4, 2010 2:08:44 PM PST
Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren is getting an overwhelming response from parishioners at his Southern California mega-church.

Since asking for financial help on New Year's Eve, parishioners have donated close to $2.5 million to the church.

He made the announcement during a sermon at the church on Saturday.

Thursday, Warren posted an urgent letter on his church's website asking for $900,000.

The pastor said expenses are up because parishioners are out of work and the "bottom dropped out" when year-end donations dropped dramatically.

Warren said the new donations are "amazing" and says the church will now start the new decade with a surplus.