Starting a new church plant is super scary when it comes to the area of finances. Finances can be a real burden to pastors'. I believe, from experience in church planting, the enemy loves to use money as a distraction. Fear of money providing for his family, fear of money to keep the church going, fear of money to pay for church rent, fear of money that if he asks for it, people think he is money hungry, and so on. Fear of money doesn't start and end with the pastor, fear bleeds to those around. And, as a pastor's wife the fear of money can truly burden the pastor, his wife, and their family.
Money can consume your every thought when you fear and have a lack of finances. You can't focus on your time with Jesus, you can't focus on sermons, you can't focus on loving your family, & it is certainly hard to get in a pulpit to take up tithe when you are in need.
God never intended for you to prepare His bride, burdened for finances. Let me say that again, He never called you to church plant to be distracted by fear of money. John 10:10 says, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. God calls us to plant and lead churches, living abundantly without fear. If you are burdened by money, then you aren't able to focus whole heartedly in the calling God has placed on your life. If you are stricken with fear because of lack of finances, you can no longer walk in freedom to love on His church, the way God has called you to.
You are doing the church a disservice by giving all of your time and energy to fear, and then giving them what's left. Pastor, don't you ever get in the pulpit because you (the church) need money. The church will rise and fall based on your financial integrity.
If you find yourself in this position today, where money consumes your thoughts. You need to stop worrying about getting and start concentrating on giving money. Malachi, tells us we can test God in this, and we can see if He will not open up the flood gates for us. If you are in the situation where you are lacking in finances for you or the church, I think you need to give your way to the blessing. Asking people for more money will only keep your burden growing.
I know a pastor here who started leading a church. A few months in they couldn't pay their bills. He sat down with his elders, and they didn't have enough. So he decided to give everything they had away to someone in need. That very day after they gave it away, someone called and had cut them a check for above and beyond more than they needed to cover everything. I also know another pastor in Florida who told my husband and I, "I always found myself with more than enough money, the more I gave it away. But the moment I ever tried to hold onto it, was the moment I started lacking it."
We are more like God when we give, because He GAVE His son.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor