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I once heard a well-known Christian pastor say, “The business of the church is not the business of the church.” Since the mission of local churches isn’t to generate profits, congregations shouldn’t be distracted by the details of church finances.
Sadly, time revealed the leader’s refusal to share information about church finances was more about covering his irresponsible use of the Lord’s resources than it was about encouraging the flock to stay on mission. Eventually, the pastor was dismissed, the church was mired in financial controversy, and Christ’s reputation in the community was damaged.
Story - Reason - Church - Leaders - Jamie
This story is one reason church leaders should carefully read Jamie Dunlop’s excellent new book, Budgeting for a Healthy Church: Aligning Finances with Biblical Priorities for Ministry [20 quotes]. The business of the church—that is, the responsible stewardship of resources entrusted to a local congregation—is very much a responsibility of God’s people. Hence, local churches must make it a goal to align financial practices with biblical priorities, such that when Christ returns people are thankful for every dollar they entrusted to that congregation (33).
Zondervan (2019). 176 pp. $14.99.
Pastors - Church - Budget - Tool - Fact
Many pastors conceive of the church budget as primarily a financial tool, but in fact it is primarily a pastoral tool. A church’s philosophy of ministry is locked into its budget, and so the budget will either stifle or accelerate any attempts to move a congregation toward a biblical model of church health. As such, the church budget is a far more potent pastoral tool than many church leaders realize. Budgeting for a Healthy Church examines each section of the budget in light of Biblical principles to show how a church budget can lock in healthy approaches to ministry.
Elder 1: How can we justify spending $75,000 for 25 parking spaces? Do you know how far $75,000 can go in Myanmar?
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