The church is just after my money

October 31st, 2015

I was talking to a friend recently and he asked why the church took up a collection of money during each church service. He said it felt like the church was just after his money.

Many people think this is the case, but in reality nothing can be further from the truth. The role of the church is to be a place where people can come and be loved and accepted, find genuine friendships, receive teaching from the Bible, serve others, be encouraged and find the love of Jesus Christ.

The reality is the church is a not-for-profit organisation. Like any other organisation it needs money to pay the bills. Some of the costs involved in running a church vary from paying the power bills, to purchasing Bibles, to buying Sunday School supplies, to general maintenance and to pay the Pastor’s salary.

Many churches also give a lot of money to support local and overseas missions too. Some churches I have been to their giving to overseas missions is measured in the tens of thousands dollars each year.

Most churches teach the Biblical principle to give 10% (or a tithe) of your income away to the work of the church or charity. God says in the Bible that if we do, we open ourselves up to His many blessings, including financial blessings (Malachi 3:10).

During most church services an offering will be taken up, this does not mean they are after your money. It is allowing those who attend regularly to voluntarily give to the work of the church.

God Bless,