“I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:9-10 NIV
For the first time in our twenty-one years of ministry we will reduce our church budget, impacting ministry and missions and threatening our effective fulfillment of God’s call.
The reason is obvious. Our weekly budget need is $15,000. Our weekly giving the last two months has been under $13,000. I’ll let you do the math.
I rarely address finances. This is a mistake. Jesus spoke about money more than Heaven and Hell combined. Eleven of his thirty-nine parables dealt with money. One out of every seven verses in Luke deals with money. Reflect over your support of the budget needs of our church and consider the following.
God invites us to join him.
God’s work will be accomplished with or without our support, but when we give God includes us in the work of building his kingdom. He makes us his partner in carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Our giving impacts global missions.
Ten percent of our budget is committed to mission support. Our fixed expenses do not decrease when giving drops. The unavoidable result is we will devote less to missions when we are forced to reduce our budget.
Our giving allows us to care for our staff.
We are blessed with a phenomenal church staff. One man serves without any compensation whatsoever! The rest are long overdue for an increase. Support of our budget allows us to properly care for our church staff.
All should give.
Paul wrote, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income (1 Cor. 16:2).” Each is to give. Not just the wealthiest or those with the fewest bills. Each should give regularly.
Our budget supports our entire ministry.
Some give only to specific needs. While one area is funded others struggle. Neglecting our budget while giving to one area of ministry says you expect others to heat the building, pay salaries, and care for our facilities.
Giving redirects our focus.
Most of us have a spending problem, not an income problem. We spend more than we earn and all of it on ourselves. Giving redirects our focus from a selfish “me and mine” to a healthier “Thee and Thine.”
Make generosity the goal.
Some ask, “What is the least I can give and still meet God’s expectations?” The healthier question is, “What is the most I can give and still meet the needs of my family?” Rather than look for ways to get out of giving I choose to look for ways to increase my personal support of the work God does through Alsbury.