Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Collection Agency

Ministry costs. There are no set rules as to how the ministry of movement is financed, but we must be good stewards over every penny we receive. We must let the Lord lead us as to how we raise funds for travel, garments, registration costs, and dance ministry education. Whether we dance alone or have an entire company to run, we must understand the spiritual and natural guidelines when it comes to money.

There is often a struggle for many church-based dance ministries. Some churches may afford the ministry an annual budget, while others may provide little to no funds for the ministry to function. Dance ministries that are community based or evangelical in nature often garner funds from donations or by collecting funds from ministry participants. Dance studios often charge a set fee for classes and require additional finances for special events or activities. An ongoing debate exists concerning whether ministries should charge for the gospel. We must seek the Kingdom of God first...

Financial accountability is a must. If possible, there should be a treasurer that gives an account of all monies received as well as expenses. Larger ministries may need to employ a bookkeeper or accountant. When we track what we have received vs. what has been spent on ministry in one year, we will be better able to determine a budget and financial goals for the following year. Leadership should take the economic environment of participants into consideration when planning garment purchases, travel dates, and activities. We should not be limited due to lack of finances. The Lord is a Provider. As good stewards, let us continue to count the cost as we build from year to year.

Exodus 35:21 (NKJV)
Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the LORD’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.

1 Corinthians 16:1-3 (NKJV)
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.

Psalm 20:2-4 (NKJV)
May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah. May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.

1 Corinthians 9:12-14 (NKJV)
If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

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