CHURCH BUSINESS AND FINANCE

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While the term "church business" sounds presumptuous, its selection for the title of this course merely describes the processes by which Christians exercise divinely prescribed responsibilities. In this course, the term "church" should be understood as a local congregation of believers.

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CHURCH BUSINESS AND FINANCEINTRODUCTIONWhile the term "church business" sounds presumptuous,its selection for the title of this course merely describes the processes by which Christians exercise divinely prescribed responsibilities. In this course, the term "church" should be understood as a local congregation of believers. "Business or Management" should be taken to refer to the art of enabling people to exercise faithful service to God and humanity.To embark on a course of church business/ "management" suggests that the church needs to be "managed." It needs to be regulated, assisted in achieving its mission. To be sure, the church rests under the authority of Christ, but it exists in a physical world where myriads of human, fiscal, and physical elements need attention from human hands. Hence, we speak of church business or management asa mandated task for Christian leaders. Again, we are talking about making a local congregation of believers productive in the ministry of the Lord.Church Business/Management also indicates that influence or control is exerted over a circumstance or over other people. As in any organized group, order has to be established and procedures put into place to guarantee a smooth operation of the church. We shall assume that the church is a divine creation, the body of Jesus Christ, who is its head. The New Testament defines the nature, mission, and limits of the church. So, church management should be perceived as the art of enab

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