On Sunday our Treasurer, Jordan Adams, gave us a state of the union on our finances. Today we wanted to follow up and get you some of the "good" and the “needs improvement”.
The great news is that our church has been very generous since our inception back in 2012. During that time we were able to store up for a rainy day. We’ve continually been able to tithe to organizations and people both within our body and outside our body. Whether the organizations focus on spreading the Gospel through missionary work, caring for the poor and needy, or simply supporting those in our body with a need, Normandy has done a great job in giving.
The “Needs Improvement”:
I don’t want to say “bad” because we are still doing well. At the same time we simply need to express our needs financially. Here is what we’ve seen in 2015:
- 0 months had recurring giving exceed our monthly fixed expenses of $13,800
- 0 months had total giving exceed total monthly expenses
- We’ve dipped into our savings each month to cover operating expenses in 2015
- YTD we have a budget deficit of ($18,140)
- On average around 65% of our members give monthly
- Our total giving is down 31% compared to this time last year
- Close to 35% of our members are not giving at all or not giving regularly
On Sunday I asked our members to give to our family. The main point was that there is a biblical imperative to support your local church. I do not doubt our generosity - whether it is other mission organizations or causes, I believe our people give. So I am asking for our family to do some financial reallocation in order to give to our church.
This last two weeks I’ve shared that as Christians we’ve been “added to the LORD” (Acts 5:14) and thus become members of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27). With Jesus now being LORD in our lives we devote and surrender our time, talent and treasure to Him. One of the places we give of our time, talent and treasure is in the the context of the local church.
In Malachi 3:7-12 God gives the people of Israel permission to test Him in the area of money! In reality it is a test of our own hearts. Will we trust the LORD with our finances? Will we trust that He really is Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord will Provide (Genesis 22:14)? In a year of devotion, one the primary ways to show devotion is through trusting God with finances.
On Sunday I left us with a few practicals. My job is primarily to teach the word of God. It is not within my jurisdiction to dictate how much each family should give and to whom. That is none of my business, as I believe that is between you and the LORD. What I would love to see is by September we have 100% of our members giving something. Again, the amount is between you and the LORD.
In the meantime let’s all do the following:
- Seek First! (Matthew 6:33) - Ask the LORD and give Him permission to do what He will in your financial situation. I would encourage you to give to God first! (1 Kings 17:7-6; Malachi 3:7-12; Mark 12:41-45)
- Give with Faith! (Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 6:6-10) - When we do give, it is important to do so with faith and belief - a belief that behaves like God will come and do all that is necessary to care and provide for us.
- Give with Joy! (2 Corinthians 9:7; Acts 20:35) - God loves a joyful giver and giving is called a blessing by Jesus. So as we give, lets do so with joyful expectation that God is going to do something great.