Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Faith Promise

I may be struck dead for touching the ark of the covenant here, but I believe that it is wiser for a church to budget foreign missions giving rather than create a separate "Faith Promise" fund. On this eve of my church's annual budget meeting, I tried to listen to this sermon (only got about half-way through) from my pastor, Scot Shelburne, on which method is closer to the biblical model.

Our church had used the budget model for a long time, then switched to faith promise for a few years until we voted to switch back a year or so ago under the leadership of our pastor. He taught this sermon before we voted. I thought it might be interesting to some of you who may be thinking about the same issues. [Note: The link above is a direct link to the MP3 file. It would be a hassle for you to find it on our church site without the direct link.]


Wayne Hatcher said...

Both of your links are to the church's home page. I think I have found it, though. Is it the one titled Stewardship dated the evening of Nov 13?
Our church just had their annual budget business meeting last night. I'm curious to hear if your pastor handled stewardship the same way my pastor did. Sounds like he did.

Ben said...

Hey, thanks for the heads up on that. Must be some glitch in the link. Apparently the links expire. The date is actually from June 13, 2004. The date is in the link, but for whatever reason it's taking you to the wrong place.

Wayne Hatcher said...

Well, I listened to the Nov 13 one last night. You've got a good pastor. Pray for him, take care of him. I dug through the web site and located the message, and will listen to it tonight. I have enjoyed your posts since I have been reading the last few days.