Earlier this week, I was asked to share some thoughts about funding ministry over on the LEAD blog. I wanted to share a sampling with you here to invite you into the conversation. Here’s some of what I wrote:
Ministry is not free. If you are a leader in a congregation or faith community, you already know this. Chances are that many participants or members of your faith community actually do not. There may have been a time when this was not the case, but the reality today is that the average person in your faith community does not know what ministry costs.
This is an opportunity. It provides you as leader and the whole community an opportunity to learn, have a deep conversation about ministry, the work, the costs, and why you do it.
In thinking about this opportunity, there are two questions which are crucial to reflect on and speak to: Why and How?
Why do you give? How do you see your giving as a way of financing the work of the church in the world?
If you are intrigued, and want to read more about “why” and “how,” please go and read Why and How: Things to Remember for Funding Ministry.
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