We place almost all the blame on the shoulders of tithers and givers (or non-tithers and non-givers), but we pay almost no attention to how well (or how poorly) most churches are managing the funds that are given to them.
Jesus said it best in the Parable of the Talents when he told us we have to be faithful in the lesser things (like money) before he will entrust us with greater things (like an expanded ministry).
Monetary stewardship is a test. A test of our integrity. A test that too many of us are failing. This may sound terribly unspiritual to some, but we can’t pray our way out of problems like this, because bad stewardship undercuts the impact of our prayers.
Churches must have more integrity in the way we manage the money that’s been entrusted to us.
The ministry of the church depends on it. The effectiveness of the church depends on it. The reputation of the church depends on it.
This is not a money issue. It’s an integrity issue. We need to do better.
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