It’s scary to spend money in ministry. The fear is that if we spend what little we might have, there won’t be enough for later. But this is the wrong way to think of spending money. As a church, ultimately, everything we spend money on is to make disciples. And in this sense, whatever we’re spending money on isn’t an expense, rather an investment in people’s eternity. And here’s how it works: The return on investment is always greater than the initial investment.
A church is about destinies, not dollars, but let me explain this from a financial point of view. If you spend $500 to promote a cool new high felt needs teaching series at your church, this is not an expense, rather an investment. You may spend $500 but think about what will happen if even two people throughout the course of the series get saved, get discipled and start tithing. If the average person in your community makes $50,000 and tithes on it, that’s $5,000. If two families are now tithing that’s $10,000 added to your bottom line each year. So follow me on the math:
- You invest $500.
- The return on investment is two souls saved (priceless) and $10,000 a year of giving (possibly for years and years to come).
Friends – that’s called a great investment! Stop thinking of evangelism as an expense and start viewing it for what it really is – an investment that will result in a greater return than what was initially invested.