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Why Finance Matters

Finances make it possible to do what I believe is divine work in this world. Finances make ministry happen. Whatever one thinks that God does, divine action must occur through the created, concrete, real materials of human life. And, in our culture, human lives are enormously shaped by financial realities. Without financial means, a person is almost frozen in place, unable to move in society. Without financial means, doing God’s work becomes incredibly difficult.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think money is everything. One person can always share love and do God’s work for another. Sharing love shouldn’t cost anything at all. Yet, I also know the realities associated with a lack of financial resources. I know the realities associated with an inability to track and account for those resources. In our culture, money, for better or worse, operates like fuel, driving the engines of our work. To most effectively operate as conduits for God’s work, we must know how to manage and maintain financial resources. Finance and administration of finances matter because they provide the basis for so much of our work, whether it will be effective or fall short. Read more

Handling money doesn’t seem to come naturally to most pastors or congregations. Both need help. Nate Berneking provides a valuable resource for pastors to help themselves and assist their congregations to understand and employ effective and faithful financial practices grounded in faith and implemented with integrity.

Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
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