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Proverbs 22:7: “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”

This proverb highlights the potential pitfalls of debt and the importance of being responsible with financial obligations. It encourages the concept of saving and planning for the future rather than indulging in immediate consumption. The church, however, does not mean to rule over like that of the master to its slaves. The church serves like that of the slaves to their master. 

The question is, how can the church be of service when it is stands like a borrower which eventually becoming a slave of the lender? That makes our blog this morning. We want churches to have an abounding finances so that it can be of service. Here are some points to ponder.

Safekeeping of Funds

Financial management plays a crucial role in ensuring the safekeeping of funds within the church. It involves implementing effective systems to track and monitor incoming donations, tithes, and offerings. By establishing proper procedures, the church can maintain transparency and accountability in its financial operations.

One of the key aspects of safekeeping funds is the establishment of a secure and reliable system for collecting and depositing donations. This can be achieved by implementing electronic giving platforms that allow members to contribute online. Additionally, it is important to have designated individuals responsible for counting and verifying the accuracy of funds collected during worship services or events.

Disbursing Funds Responsibly

Financial management in the church also involves the responsible disbursing of funds for various purposes. This includes budgeting for operational expenses, such as utilities, salaries, and maintenance, as well as allocating funds for outreach programs, missions, and charitable initiatives.

A well-managed church will have a clearly defined budget that outlines how funds are allocated and spent. This budget should be regularly reviewed to ensure that expenses are in line with the church’s goals and priorities. By practicing responsible financial management, the church can ensure that funds are used efficiently and effectively to support its mission and serve the community.

Investing for the Future

Another important aspect of financial management in the church is investing for the future. While the primary focus may be on meeting the immediate needs of the congregation and community, it is essential to plan for the long term.

This can involve setting aside funds for capital improvements, such as building renovations or expansion projects. It may also include investing in financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to generate income and grow the church’s assets over time.

By taking a proactive approach to financial management, the church can ensure its sustainability and ability to continue its mission for years to come. It is important to seek the guidance of financial professionals who can provide expert advice on investment strategies that align with the church’s values and objectives.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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