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What Role Should Lay Leaders Play in Church Finances?

Prepare lay leaders to engage in this essential issue.

Church leaders have a key role to play in church finance. Here are some thoughts on how you can make a difference, whether you are on the board, finance committee or team, trustees, or simply a key leader in congregational life.

1. Bring your best thinking. Can you truly get thoughtful about the issues at hand in church life? "I agree" or "I disagree" are appropriate responses to issues raised. It's also fair to say, "I'm not sure about that. I'll have to think about it." Don't agree just because the pastor wants you to, or other people are recruiting you for their efforts. (And don't disagree just because you don't like the pastor...) Consider the best interests of the church's ministry as a whole, not just your favorite projects or staff members.

2. Bring your questions. Make sure you understand the decisions you are being asked to make. If the pastor or other leaders get impatient, don't worry. Genuine, open, curious questions are very important. Avoid questions with an agenda, "Don't ...

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