Status of local churches
Identifying the issue
Finance is seldom absent from the local church agenda. As stewards of important community assets, church councils have to exercise great care. Costs are continually rising while income fails to keep up - a scenario shared by many organisations, not just churches.
On the other hand, we are told in scripture not to worry. God does not want us to be careless, but we should not be so preoccupied with money matters that we take our eye off the ball when it comes to wider aspects of mission.
A church that is seen ‘always to be asking for money’ will not be a good witness to the loving providence of God.
We encourage local churches to make contact to see if there's anything we can do to help with local church finance. See the 'speak to somebody' section on this page.
The following pages help to explain how finance works at the local level.