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How Should Church Spend

Hi, I know a lot of people are really complaining about how the church is collecting money. My question is "Does it take money to run ministry? If so, how do we bring a balance to the collections and spending of money in the church?" Want to hear some clear views, not nonsense.

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 ---trell on 11/26/07
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In our church, a finance committe, yearly audits, business meetings to vote on the budget and big-ticket items provide a system of checks and balances that make sure that the money the congregation takes in is accounted for.

With a system such as this, everyone in the congregation who wants to know, knows how much money is required to run the congregation.
---Nancy on 12/24/07

It does take a lot of money to run a ministry. We drive around 2000 miles a month which amounts to a lot of gas. God has always provided without our asking for the funds from anyone else. You, too, can be effective for Jesus Christ if you are willing to give of yourself above your tithes for your local church. There is a ministry for everyone who is willing.
---Susie on 11/29/07

Most ministries do need money to continue. It could be in the form of a missionary's plane ticket, transportation of donated goods, etc. Where the issue lies is salaries of those in charge. We need to hold eachother accountable to what we need vs. what we want. This is going to be harder to do the more revenue that comes in because greed is such an easy thing to succumb (sp?) to.
---kady on 11/28/07

Last night I happens to see Mr. Dollar one of six ministries that will be looked at for high living. And while watching was reminded of this scripture second Peter 2:3,"And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make MERCHANDISE of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." I wonder if Mr. Dollar and others might fall into this category? What do you think?
---Mima on 11/28/07

Someone said,"After all it is God's house" how does this statement agree with this scripture 1st. Corinthians 6:19,"What? know ye not that your body is the TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost which IS IN YOU, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" The question is, is the church the House of God or does God live in our bodies today? What is your opinion?
---Mima on 11/28/07

The most important thing is to pay clergy a generous salary so they will be comfortable enough to deal with their awesome responsibilities. The laborer is worthy of his hire, so the Bible says.
---InimicusStultitiae on 11/27/07

It doesn't matter how large the church building is. It doesn't matter if there are 1000 people or 100 people or a handful. Because God says where there are two or three gathered in my name, I am in the mist. People goes out and makes decisions but leaves God out of the decision making. Before doing anything to a church, one must ask God if it is the right thing to do. If it is God will make a way. If not, the church will flop.
---Rebecca_D on 11/27/07

There is nothing wrong with wanting a fine looking church. After all it is God's house. But the church should not go beyond their means to make their church to look the best. God doesn't care about what is on the outside, he cares about what is on the inside. A church can be trimmed in gold and have the best of the best. But if the church is not in order, it is no more than a fancy building without God. That is why I love my church. It may be 100 years old, but God dwells on the inside.
---Rebecca_D on 11/27/07

It takes the Word of God to have a ministry? Money is just a tool that can be used to support different things associated with ministry services.

If your church should be fulfilling some type of assistances to your community or the community of the world, then do as the Christians did in Acts 6:1-7 and have the members of the church to appoint a council to over see the matters with prayers & supplications? Allow your faith to bring balance to the supportive tools used by the church.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/27/07

#-1- I know of one large Church that is spending $20,000 a year on discovery trips to Mexico. The discovery trips are for this church to look for places to begin evangelizing. So far, they had done this for six years but as yet have not settled in any location.
I also know of a church, spending over $300,000 adding an addition to their main building. Their main building was not filled and membership is declining. No one has been saved in this church in last 18 years.
---Mima on 11/27/07

1. "Does it take money to run ministry?" Yes it does and, often, it take quite a lot of money. "How do we bring a balance to the collections and spending of money in the church?" We must 100% accountable for every penny spent. It must be clear from church accounts that everything spent has been used for the needs of the church itself (maintenance, heating, staff etc.) or for other missions and charities which the church supports. Any balance should be seen to be still in the account.
---RitaH on 11/27/07

2. Many churches try not to have too large a surplus in an account because money given for God's work should be put to use, not left idly in the bank. The officers of the church should regularly meet with those in charge of finance to discuss such matters and decide what is a decent amount to keep. We are told to be good stewards for God and there is nothing wrong with a church account gaining interest BUT within reason.
---RitaH on 11/27/07

3. The frivolous use of tithes and offerings should be questioned. Any extravagant and unneccessary spending should set alarm bells ringing in the minds of members. If I attended a church where the minister and/or officers lives opulent lifestyles I'd begin to reason that some of my money would be better sent direct to where needed rather than to the church coffers.
---RitaH on 11/27/07

No it doesn't take any money for the Pastor to do his job for being the Pastor. If a Pastor is paid and the church is willing to pay him a salary that is fine as long as it isn't an outrageous amount. If it is an Evangelist, Pastor, Deacon, regardless of their title, they should do their job 100% for God and for the church. It takes money to run a church, pay the utilities. If a church cannot show and tell you where your tithes and offerings go to, chances are they are hording for themselves.
---Rebecca_D on 11/26/07

It does take money to operate a ministry, and there needs to be accountability.

A budget should be voted on and approved by the entire Church Body, and not just a few people. This is a major problem with large or "Mega" Churches.

If a church has a fulltime or partime staff, it is not wrong for them to be on the payroll within reason. This does not mean they are to receive a salary of hundres of thousand or millions of dollars.
---Rob on 11/26/07

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