We stand at a crossroad. Will we despair and compromise or will we persevere and stay true?
For many churches,
giving is down and expenses are up.
Yes, it takes money to do ministry certain ways but, in truth, it takes God working in the hearts of people. The best facility, equipment, and materials don’t change lives. God, through His Spirit and His Word, does the true work. Money isn’t required to access those resources.
Yes, it takes money to buy student books and classroom supplies but the truth is that people need love way more than they need learning materials. Love is something you can give away and will be remembered long after the lesson ends.
Yes, it takes money for the upkeep of a church building but if everybody would do their part, these expenses could be reduced.
Yes, it takes money to purchase high-tech equipment, DVDs, and computer software, but there are many ways to communicate without cost. If used strategically, skillfully, and with excellence, some of this low-tech methodology can still be quite effective.
We all might have to make some adjustments and sacrifice in certain ways. As we do, perhaps it will pull us back to relying more on the Lord than our resources. That would be a good outcome!!
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5-6)
Church Leaders: Learn to think outside of the box. What are some alternative means of doing ministry? Purchasing a pre-fab program might take less time but it isn’t the only way when the funds are tight. You might need to get back to the basics of good time management as part of biblical stewardship. (1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 5:15)
All Church Members: View giving as an act of worship, not merely a responsibility. View giving as an investment into eternity, not merely to pay salaries and other current expenses. Give from the heart as God prospers you. (2 Cor. 8:2-3; 9:6-7)