I had known Pastor Jason for almost 20 years. He was the Senior Pastor of a prominent Church in his community and I was glad to see him in the Church Management Conference I was conducting in a neighboring city.
Pastor Jason was the first at that conference to engage our services. While I was completing the paperwork, he told me a familiar story that I hear very often in conferences. He thought his Church was in great financial shape. The former Church treasurer gave monthly reports to the board and they thought they had a million dollars in their Church account. The treasurer died suddenly, and the Church had a CPA review the accounting program used by the Church. Within 30 minutes reviewing the computer reports, the CPA hit one key and brought the Church to a shocking reality. They did not have a million dollars in their account, but were shocked to discover they barely had ten thousand dollars.