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Title: CHURCH FINANCES WORKSHOP


1
CHURCH FINANCES WORKSHOP
  • May 2, 2015
  • Kent First Christian Church

2
GOALS
  • Discussion of stewardship as a spiritual practice
  • Greater understanding on the part of local church
    leaders, including clergy, about church finances,
    operations, and best practices
  • Practical help for local church treasurers and
    financial secretaries

3
GOALS
  • Opportunities for networking and discussions on
    common problems and (hopefully) solutions
  • Greater understanding on the part of the region
    in terms of what congregations are doing in
    regard to finances, and challenges that they face
  • Discussion of ways we in the region can resource
    each other in regard to financial matters

4
CAVEAT
  • We are not professional legal or accounting
    people
  • We cannot address matters of law
  • We will share with you what we know, and what we
    understand to be good practice, but we will not
    be able to answer all of your technical questions
  • We suggest you refer these questions to an
    accountant or lawyer

5
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
  • Welcome and Opening Worship
  • Northwest Region 101
  • Stewardship as an Expression of Spirituality and
    Ministry
  • Financial Good Practices
  • Lunch
  • Congregation as Employer
  • Building for the Future
  • Closing Worship and Communion

6
PRESENTERS
  • Sandy Messick, Regional Minister and President
  • Dick Talley, Regional Treasurer and long-time
    Disciples pastor
  • Jennifer Prekeges, Moderator of the Regional
    Mission Council

7
WORSHIP
  • What good things does money enable in your
    personal life?
  • How does money create problems in your personal
    life?
  • What does money enable your congregation to do?
  • How does money bring about anxiety or conflict in
    your congregation?

8
WORSHIP
  • In the gospels, Jesus talks about money a lot
  • By one estimate, 62 of the parables are about
    money or possessions
  • According to another estimate, one out of every
    10 verses in the gospels refer to money
  • But its not the money that Jesus is concerned
    about, it is ones attitude about money that he
    keeps returning to

9
WORSHIP
  • Three scriptures about money
  • Luke 2019-26 Then give to the emperor that
    which is the emperors, and to God the things
    that are Gods
  • Luke 1818-27 Sell all that you own and
    distribute the money to the poor, and you will
    have treasure in heaven then come, follow me
  • Luke 1222-34 For where your treasure is, there
    your heart will be also

10
WORSHIP
  • Jesus understands that it is easy for our money
    and our possessions to own us, rather than the
    other way around
  • Generosity and trust in God are more difficult
    but infinitely more rewarding
  • Trust me for what you need, God says, and I will
    provide

11
WORSHIP
  • At the same time, someone does need to be
    concerned about the churchs money, because the
    bills need to be paid
  • There is a dichotomy between trusting God and
    making sure our congregations finances work
  • We need to be careful about going too far in
    either direction
  • Our goal today is to help you to see and
    hopefully to reconcile these two views on the
    church and money
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