Church leaders need to maintain integrity in the way they handle finances, the topic of the next post, but also need to encourage people to give with integrity. The Apostle Paul approached this topic with the Corinthian Church. In the first 15 verses of 2 Corinthians 8 we can glean a number of factors that go into giving with integrity. Church leaders should encourage people accordingly both by . . .
You want people to give for all the right reasons, with the right heart, with the right objectives, with the right perspective — to give with integrity. Certainly they should be able to expect the same from leadership in the way finances are handled. God does!
How to Manage Finances with Integrity . . .
As church leaders we can’t just ignore finances. Salaries, facilities, equipment, teaching materials, and so much more costs money. And, God does want us to be good stewards of what we have. But, neither can we forget the great God we have who is able to . . .
What would the Gospel have to do with the church budget? The obvious response would be that we allocate funds for outreach to share the Gospel with others, making sure our finances are used for more than paying salaries, facilities, and utilities. While that is true, a better response might be . . .
Church finances can get complicated — establishing yearly budgets, paying bills and still doing ministry especially if giving is down, reallocating funds, abiding by non-profit regulations, fund-raising, and more. Organizing and running a capital campaign can be time consuming and overwhelming. Sometimes leadership needs help, a consultant. While our trust must always be first and foremost in the Lord (Ps. 143:10; Prov. 3:5-6; 9:10; James 1:5-6), we do have biblical grounds for . . .
This Church Leaders Practicum has begun to look at church financial management and budgeting through the lens of the basics of our life in Christ. While these posts do provide some practical helps, some of you might be looking for even more detailed resources to help you with the specifics of accounting, budgets, payroll, taxes, etc. For this reason, you will find a list of some helpful resources. . . .