As I travel and teach at a variety of churches, it is always important for me to understand if the pastor and the church staff are managing their money following biblical principles. I mean, if the pastor is blowing all of their money without a plan, 100% financing everything, and unable to say "NO!" to a purchase, then it is impossible for them to stand up with any credibility and teach biblical principles such as:
Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children. (Long-term saving!)
Proverbs 13:11 … He who gathers money little by little makes it grow. (Invest!)
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Avoid debt.)
Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another … (Always pay off debts that you owe!)
Not too mention the Parable of Talents (Matthew 25:14-30 – sound money management) and Giving (Malachi 3).
I have said it many times in the Financial Counseling Experience training that the number one reason NewSpring Church has a successful financial counseling ministry is the fact that Perry (senior pastor) lives this stuff!
So the question today is: If you are a pastor or a church leader, are you managing money the way that God commands you to?
The question for everyone else (and today's poll question) is:
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