Churches are the government. They set laws for societies, present leaders and outline examples whose powers organize people into nations of believers. These nations are strengthened by systems like transitional leadership and financial control. Church administrations that have succeeded in shaping societies and political landscapes have a thing in common, prudent financial management from collecting tithes and offerings to allocating the collections appropriately. Each coin matters in ministry. Governments will tax their people, but churches raise funds through soft coercion. This is because human beings by nature lack integrity in giving to God and to their governments. Man pays no regard to God nor to Ceazer unless taught of the consequences that must follow. Church regimes that focus more on the Christ than they focus on money find less troubles in fundraising. This is because their subscribers give from understanding; that giving is demonstrating love to God, it is a form of worship and an acknowledgement that all that one has is God’s. So why should churches raise funds? The answer is clear, just as why governments impose taxes. To sustain lifestyles of kings/ priests, to maintain the palace/sanctuary, to deliver service to citizens/believers and to redistribute wealth/support the needy. Give to God and to Ceazer. If churches create a pool of funds from giving’s, then they have a mandate to transform nations of believers and non – believers through service delivery, providing essential needs and evangelizing the Christ. This ecosystem Economics of Church Administration
of giving and serving in the context of a church births an economy. Banks can be born from the church economy and industries made. From the populace of the church, markets exist for redistribution of wealth between the haves and the have nots. Trade can thus be organized across nations of believers as they are guided by a common constitution, the Bible. I have seen churches owning schools, hospitals, shopping malls and public transport vessels. Other church possessions in mainstream economies include market stalls, boda boda sheds, garbage bins et. Cetera. Smaller industries such as soap making, honey packing, bakeries and groceries also exist in our churches. Clearly, what we call churches today are some form of economies that can be
better organized to create better societies. Preservation of cultural heritage and sanity of the political landscape needs establishment of an organized church economy. It is churches that should install governments of the day and not the other way. Churches must not be taxed. Churches in the same geographical location should integrate in pursuit of common goals. More work should be done in building stable family units as the family is core in making a church.
Columned by Rick Okinda