Gary has just posted a rather thoughtful little piece. It is very short, so I’ll quote all of it.
So pleased. Visiting-ministering a church yesterday and somebody was busy with money-related matters but then said “we’ve got to do with it, but it’s a shame. We should be concentrating on the important stuff, like mission and the children”.
But then how can we do that when every year the Parish Shares go up faster than a government structural deficit? By everyone tithing in the old sense of the word, maybe – but then when tithes were invented everyone didn’t also have 20% income tax, 11% NI and so on. On the other hand, life was much simpler and nobody spent money on Sky TV, Plasma screens or BT Internet. So it’s never easy, is it?
Sorry, no solutions. Just thought it was nice that somebody talked about important church stuff, and managed not to mention buildings.
I really resonate with what Gary says here. We are in mid-budget season at Wycliffe and it is so easy to let my mind fill up with spreadsheets and financial issues rather than concentrating on God and his mission. I’d value your prayers.