Pastor Franklin seemed frustrated and anxious during the Church Management Seminar in Dallas. It was easy to conclude that he would find his way to me during the lunch break. As he approached, I stopped the other task I was completing in hopes I could calm any fears or help find a solution to his apparent dilemma. He told me he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Pastor Franklin’s issue is one faced by many Pastors across the USA--more ministry than money to fund it. Some Pastors mistakenly assume that just because they have a vision God will ensure the funds will be available. God will fund His real Kingdom vision, but it probably won’t be from tithes and offerings. Therefore, Pastors must pursue other avenues and fund raisers are not the answer.
As I travel the nation teaching Church Management Seminars, I am amazed at the number of Churches that must rely on some type of fund-raising to properly fund their ministries. As the Body of our Lord and Savior, Churches should never be short of funds to do that which God has called them. However, hundreds of Church doors are padlocked every month across the USA due to foreclosure, or Church closure. The culprit―there are not enough funds to pay the bills and do ministry.