The financial challenge

Looking over our offernings the last few months, it’s obvious that something is gone disastrously wrong with our economy. People aren’t giving like they were even six months ago. And wow is it adding a lot of stress to me personally. Trying to juggle church bills, make our landlord happy, and try to keep everything functional is a huge challenge. And if we are feeling it, I am sure churches all over are feeling it. I know of some churches closing their doors or laying off lots of people. It’s just not pretty.

Here is the unfortunate part. And just being a bit transparent here, I just wish people would be faithful. You see, at the end of the day, when we all are not faithful, everyone loses. If God expects us to give a part of our income each month to the church, then it should simply be done. There is a reward in giving that God promises to bless us, protect us, and provide for us as we are faithful to our giving. The church suffers because it can’t move forward and make room for God’s word to be preached. It keeps us from helping others in financial need. And frankly, it adds a TON of stress to the leaders, and in this case, me.

I really am not trying to rant here or dump. I just feel the weight of our economic situation as a nation, as a church leader, and as an individual. And if I don’t do my part, and you don’t do your part, frankly everyone suffers. So if you go to Legacy or some other church, be faithful and give. If you don’t go to church, find one and give at one. You are blessed to be a blessing!

One Response to The financial challenge

  1. chrismarlow says:

    Praying for you guys.

    Also, I think it’s not just the individual that has to be faithful, but the overall church. I meet with churches who regularly give-away less than 10%. Most churches are using almost all of their money on non-missional activities. Which if course, some of that is normal spending issues.

    Hope you’re doing well.

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