Almost every day the news tells of another financial scandal, and the church is not lost in this situation. In today’s culture, the church cannot afford to be reactive, but remain proactive in managing its finances above reproach. The following golden rules, from LifeWay, can help churches maintain integrity and trust. (Photo: Anssi Koskinen, Creative […]
Many churches have no safeguards for the money given for God’s work. This leaves our churches open to fraud or embezzlement that may go undetected for months or years. Money scandals can not ruin only a congregation’s finances, but it also can under mine the credibility and good faith that a church needs to minister […]
Every person on the planet each gets 24 hours in 60-minute blocks that come in 60-second intervals. So why do some people achieve so much more than others? The answer is life stewardship. If you want to accomplish great things, you must dedicate yourself to the disciplines that will leverage your divine design to change the […]
With the rise of online shopping and electronic banking, the way people use money in the economy has changed dramatically in only a few years. Fewer and fewer people carry cash or checks to make their purchases. Yet for many congregations it’s still the 20th century when it comes to receiving offerings. Electronic and online giving […]
With the nonstop commercial advertising that’s everywhere, it’s easy to spend every penny we earn, or even get into debt just to feed our everyday whims! Spending is a habit, and like all habits it can be broken. This writer from LifeWay tells you how. (Photo: Rob Pongsajapan, Creative Commons))
A good steward understands that God is the grantor of all. Therefore, giving is important. When we give first, we are telling God we recognize that God alone is our provider. When we do that, everything else falls into place. So what are you going to do about tithing? From LifeWay. (Photo: Tax Credits, Creative Commons)
Though too often associated merely with money, stewardship also applies to time, talent, and treasure. But stewardship isn’t just about being a good manager of our schedules, our skills, and our stuff. The discipline of biblical stewardship calls us to use all these things in the way the Lord wants, says this article from LifeWay. […]
Many churches find that it’s easier and quicker to use credit cards for business purchases than other pyament methods, but there are cautions and drawbacks. Wise administrators should be aware of these and establish policies accordingly, says this article from LifeWay.
Look closely and you’ll find all sorts of approaches that pastors take regarding money. Some are completely hands-on, while others run from the issue completely. But here are some approaches that a church leader would be wise to avoid. From Lifeway.com. (Photo: Tal Atlas, Creative Commons)
Lots of churches muddle along without policies to govern their financial matters, opening themselves up to problems down the road. Is yours one of them? If it is — or if your church’s policy simply needs updating — then Lifeway has a model policy that can get you going.