Podcast Episode #276
Church financial issues can sometimes precipitate church death. So today we cover a post by Art Rainer on the warning signs that a church may be dying financially.
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Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Stewardship is part of the discipline of Christian life, therefore we should preach on it.
- Pastors should not apologize for preaching on money and stewardship.
- If members do not trust the church leadership, they will give less.
- Consider starting your church budget process with your ministry expenses—not personnel or facility costs.
- Offering more options for giving typically means all types of giving will increase.
- Churches should constantly be evaluating how they are spending their money.
- Churches should be taking steps of financial faith, not financial foolishness.
The eight signs of a financially dying church which we discuss on the show are:
- Failed to preach and teach stewardship.
- Took on too much debt.
- Was not transparent with finances.
- Used very few dollars to reach and minister to the community.
- Did not have multiple options for giving.
- Did not constantly evaluate how funds were spent.
- Never took wise steps of financial faith.
- The church relied on a few big givers.
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