Just as the believer is charged to be a good steward with what God has blessed him or her, the church should likewise be mindful of wasting its financial resources. In Luke 14:28-30, we are warned to make prayerful preparations when Jesus questioned, “for which of you, desiring a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘this man began to build and was not able to finish.’”
The church is to have a focused mission and then allocate its resources in a reasonable manner to achieve this purpose.
The Christian has the responsibility to bring tithes and offerings to the localized church. Charitable organizations and bodies are exempt from having to pay taxes because the government does not assist nor has a responsibility for their upkeep and maintenance. The community and church members are responsible for the financial stability of the localized church. The church, in turn, has the task of fiscally managing these resources.
Just as with our individual or family household budgets and incomes, the church has both times of prosperity and periods of questioning whether the budget will be met for a certain month. In Proverbs 27:23, we are told to “know well the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds.”
The local church should regularly analyze and take heed to any unnecessary or wasteful spending. Here are six areas of consideration:
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