The Church Has a Heart Problem
This past Sunday, I heard a great message about this simple truth: a good depiction of your heart is how you spend your money. It’s a gut check for you when you really thinking about it.
Anyways, afterwards I was almost haunted when I took this a step further and thought: a good picture of the heart of a church is how it spends its money. I have really been wrestling with this. When I read the Bible I see statements about taking care of the widows and orphans, fighting injustice, and taking a stand for the oppressed. Yet very little, if any, of the money taken in by many churches is ever spent on these things. Excuse me for saying it this way but… what in the hell happened?
I have been on staff at four churches in my life. And get this…two of them spent 60-70% on staffing and the 30-40% on a facility. For all of you that suck at math, that meant that 90-100% of the money taken in only covered paid staff and the building. Sure…they had various times when they would donate some money for a cause or help out with something, but that was the exception and not the norm. And the buildings sat empty for most of the week.
I see it in church plants all the time. They work their tail off to raise money and where does the money go? You guessed it…staff and renting a space.
There’s something wrong with this picture. There are tons of people hurting, in need of help, or simply in need of someone to listen to them and be a friend, but often their cries and their lives go unnoticed by the Church.
As we move forward in creating a movement here in Columbia, I am committed to making sure that we put our money where our mouth, and where our heart, truly is. Hopefully other churches are, or will be, following suit.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. How does your church spend the money that it takes in? What do you think about this idea?
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