How is you doing? We had a good service at church yesterday and then we had a…how should I put this? An…interesting business meeting last night. It was our annual meeting where we go over the budget and other stuff. We stayed on the budget. It is amazing at how many silly questions and comments you get when discussing money at a church business meeting. The main topic that has me pondering is that a couple of people mentioned we need to have fundraisers. This has me concerned, we have never had fundraisers and the reason is that it is not Biblical. If this comes to a motion I think I will seriously consider speaking out against it. I was thinking that it probably is not enough to say it is not Biblical so last night I got to thinking the two main reasons most churches have fundraisers is for missions and to help someone in financial straits.
As far as missions I have not found any evidence of the new testament church having fundraisers for missionaries. I have found several scriptures where Paul says he works to pay his way and that the church has sent him the monetary and material things he needs. I’m still looking though.
The new testament church according to the book of acts says that when a person in the church had a need the church members would give what they had to help meet this need or they would sell their personal property and give that.
I know someone will say “The Bible don’t say nothin about not having fundraisers”. The Bible may not say Thou shalt not fundraise, but it don’t say thou shalt not practice homosexuality either, but it does make it clear that God does not approve of that lifestyle. But I did find one set of verses in John chapter 2 verses 12-16, that sounded like a fundraiser to me. They were selling livestock(wonder if’n it was barbecued?) and doing some other stuff. Jesus came in and threw the tables over and chased them out. Sounds to me like Jesus was against fundraisers also.
I could be underhanded and at the next business meeting make a motion that we ban fundraisers in the church. Why would this be underhanded? Because the odds are the people talking about fundraisers will not be there. Any one can make a motion about anything at any business meeting. I know the preacher and most if not all of the deacons are against fundraisers.
I just feel that fundraising is not Biblical and that the church is suppose to be self-supporting. Now Dairy I feel if the subject comes up I must say these things(that don’t mean I will), I thought I would run it by you first Dairy because you have never steared me wrong and you are such a good listener. Dat, Dar is my .2 and it is free, now that is a deal.
JOHN 2:15@16 AND WHEN HE HAD MADE A SCOURGE OF SMALL CORDS, HE DROVE THEM ALL OUT OF THE TEMPLE, AND THE SHEEP, AND THE OXEN; AND POURED OUT THE CHANGERS’MONEY, AND OVERTHREW THE TABLLES; AND SAID UNTO THEM THAT SOLD DOVES, “TAKE THESE THINGS HENCE; MAKE NOT MY FATHER’S HOUSE AN HOUSE OF MERCHANDISE.”
I AM VONSTEGALL AND I AGREE WITH JESUS ON FUNDRAISERS!!!