Money in ministry and missions: how does it fit in?

How does money fit in?

I’m not sure I catch all the author wants to say on this article, but I like the feel of it. I don’t know this site, so I can’t speak for other teachings. This tip confuses me:

Tip 1 – The ministry is to generate its own support. (Lk 8:1-3)

The passage in Luke refers to contributions that people made to support Jesus’ ministry. The tip sounds like a ministry should be self-supporting, so I’m a bit baffled by his meaning. Here’s what it might mean, and where I would amen:

  1. Don’t sit waiting for help to fall from the sky. God provides, but to those who seek.
  2. Don’t take money from the people you’re trying to convert. I’m grateful our brethren don’t ask for money in their TV and radio programs. See 3 John 7-8.
  3. Having said this, Paul accepted, yea, expected new converts and churches to take up the cause of preaching the gospel and its support. So he did receive money from new churches like Philippi. Maybe this is what the tip above means.

One of the best pieces of advice I received early on was to consider money last when it came to support, projects, or needs. Putting it up front will kill a dream. It very likely will focus on the means rather than the end.

What is your take on the link above?

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