The church is the body of believers that gather together. Saint Paul refers to us as the “body of Christ.” (1Corinthians 12:27)
He takes that a step further and calls Jesus the “head” of this body. In other words, Christ is the brains of the operation!
First and foremost, this is Christ’s church. Second, we are stewards (managers) of what Jesus entrusted to us.
It is a communal responsibility to care for our church. It doesn’t just fall to me or Pastor Brian or even the church council. We all have a stake in caring for all aspects of our congregation.
That is the precisely the reason I have been so open about our finances and all the different things that needed repairs over the years.
It was conveyed to me recently that some are uncomfortable with me sharing our congregational needs with the membership, especially when there is a deficit.
In my attempts to be transparent, I have made some to feel uncomfortable and question what we are doing?
In several previous congregational meetings, I have stated more than once that our largest expense is our staffing and that is common in all churches. We have reduced staff since the pandemic to trim our budget.
Up to this point, we have resisted shrinking our staff even more.
Occasionally, there are unforeseen expenses that happen too. This year (so far) it was our exorbitant gas bill. We are still working on finding out why.
My objective is simple: Let our amazing congregation know what is going on and why.
I do not mean to upset anyone. Ever.
As it relates to all things giving, I believe in what Saint Paul wrote with my whole heart.
Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2Corinthians 9:7
There is no reason to give to the church if you don’t feel like it. It is that simple.
God wants people to be cheerful and joyful when they give. We should never give because someone is guilting us or twisting our arms.
I love our church and only want the best for us and the ability to continue to provide quality ministry to you, the city and online!
God bless you,