“… but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”- Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)
People keep using an analogy about eating elephants one bite at a time. While I find it to be a tad bit outdated and overused, I accept the notion that you need to take things step by step. It also holds true that one needs to start a journey with one step like the African proverb tells us. However, too many people want to jump from one move to the next,never calculating the cost as the Lord suggested in Luke 14:28.
Ministry needs to be managed in a similar fashion. It needs to be done with procedures in place. Use a system for management. Don’t let your management or leadership style dictate your system. In many cases, churches adhere to some form of rules or guidelines for managing ministry. Those are in place for good reason. You can go down some slippery slopes when you do otherwise. The IRS and other entities can get involved and your church’s 501 (c) 3 status can be placed in jeopardy due to failure to follow the rules.
Need funds to repair your existing building or build a new sanctuary? Start step by step. Get the community involved along with the church. Are you in an enterprise zone? Find out and see if there are redevelopment funds available. There may be funds that would allow you to enhance or expand your church’s bookstore or school site as a part of the development project. Who has done the research?
I pray for any pastor-leader who attempts a modern-day building campaign without a careful survey of the Scriptures. My Bible says that those with a heart to give were the givers. It was not 100% of the congregation for Moses or David. People who felt motivated to give were the very ones who gave. In the case of Moses, he had to stand before the assembly of God’s people and tell them to stop bringing their gifts. They had more than enough at that time. I say this to help some worried and weary spiritual leader of a local church. The givers give. You don’t have to worry if it is part of God’s plan for you and your church. The givers are the ones who give.