I believe that my leadership has been most effective when I know who's giving what to the church.
Mercy Junction has a dedicated group of people, but it's not financially self-sustaining. Recently, it started managing a large church building.
The New Testament offers two compelling models for our relationship with money. When translated into a vision for a whole society, each is flawed.
According to my understanding of congregational polity, a pastor has the authority to turn down money. But not this much money.
How does a church choose a bank? Typically we look for the best deal and then pat ourselves on the back for our good stewardship, as if stewardship had to do simply with saving money rather than with putting it to good use.