Top Ten Financial Mistakes A Church Makes - Part One
1. No Vision
The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18 that “Where there is no vision, the people perish …” This is absolute truth. Churches that lack clear direction and vision are poorly funded because attenders have no clarity on how their sacrificial giving dollars will be used to accomplish the vision and build the Kingdom. Dr. John C. Maxwell has shared this incredible wisdom regarding this subject – “Where there is no vision, the people perish. And where there are no financial resources, the vision perishes.
2. No Margin
Churches that operate on the basis of “the miracle of the weekly offering” cannot prosper. The leadership must constantly have conversations focused on who is and who is not being paid and determining which projects can no longer be funded. Additionally, churches that operate with zero savings are highly susceptible to “God only knows” expenses. A church that operates with no margin can be completely derailed simply because the air conditional unit fails. Churches with a minimum of six week’s offerings in the bank will simply fix or replace the unit, and ministry efforts are unaffected
3. Too Many Designated Giving Options
When churches offer the opportunity to contribute to fifteen different designated “buckets”, it can lead to confusion for members and frustration for the leaders. A church could have thousands of dollars available in one fund while another important ministry objective barely survives – and it all happens because of stringent guidelines. Remember this one fact – “In the presence of many options, the consumer will usually choose none.”
4. Never Asking People To Give
Many people have been guilted into giving in the past or have attended a church where it was all about the money. As a result, many pastors choose to not ask for money at all. Neither approach is correct. Jesus spoke of money or possessions in almost half of the parables. He spoke of money via the subjects of giving, stewardship, and sacrifice.
5. Failing To Equip People To Win With Their Money
Many leaders who are facing an under-funded vision do teach about money, but only from the perspective of giving. While it is extremely important to put God first, it is not the only key to winning with money God’s way. It is important to teach people that God is the owner (Psalm 24:1) and that we are managers (Matthew 25:14-30). Teach them that we are to have a plan for our money and diligently follow it (Proverbs 21:5), and that we are to aspire to leave an inheritance for our grandchildren (Proverbs 13:22). NOTE: NewSpring has led more than 9,400 people through personal finance curriculum and coaching.
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