Vision and Money
Vision and money often go together – to do new things often costs money, though not always. It’s easy to be so caught up in the bottom line that we forget to look to see what the money we commit achieves – and sometimes things we commit ourselves to don’t cost as much as we think.
Some examples from 2019 help make the point:
• Susan, our Curate (I hope that she will forgive me for using her as an example): While with us to train and develop her ministry, Susan is already making a significant difference to the ministry of the Team not just in Sunday services, but also what she is doing pastorally and in our Schools. The temptation is to think that she is costing us an arm and a leg, but our only cost as a Team is to pay her working expenses – the rest is paid by the Diocese.
• Jude, our Team Administrator (I hope that she too will forgive): While there is a cost for her services to which we contribute as part of the Team, she is already making a difference contributing to the time Steve has available for visiting and other pastoral work.
• The Boiler: We’ve recently changed from oil to gas boilers because the chimney was beginning to collapse. It would have cost half as much to repair the chimney as to replace the boiler, but the gas boilers will significantly reduce the fuel bill for heating the church. We expect them to pay for themselves in savings in the next few years, while having a projected lifespan of 30+ years. The PCC looked at it and thought it a wise investment.
It does cost money to run the church and to enable new things to happen, but while we have to be good stewards of the money entrusted to us, it is important that we are also able to properly resource what God is calling is to be and do as his people in this community.