It’s impossible to estimate the kind of good the church could do for the world if every believer was financially healthy and spiritually mature in the area of generosity.
The problem is, the church is hurting in this area–badly. According to USA Today,
The average American household carries $137,063 in debt, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest numbers.
Yet the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the median household income was just $59,039 last year, suggesting that many Americans are living beyond their means.
I believe we, as church leaders, often underestimate the amount of financial pressure most families feel because we want to trust that people would be open about poor financial management. But the fact is, people are private about finances.
And pastors, we’re not immune. Many pastors have a hard time teaching about money because of the personal guilt they feel about their own financial problems.
Debt is a problem we can’t ignore any longer. But how do we get out from under it?
We’ve got to commit to these eight steps and help the people in our congregations do the same.
1. Commit to becoming debt-free now.
Pastor, this is the…Continue Reading