We went to dinner with some non-member friends last night. They are very active in the “Taco Time” church.(We call it that because it’s painted the colors of a Taco Time.) The church has grown dramatically. They were explaining to us about their growth.
Their latest pastor is spending a ton of money on building a new sanctuary after just remodeling their old one last year. They have about 1500 members, services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus a huge youth program. They are also spending money on a series of TV commercials. They have the head pastor, 2 assistants, and a youth pastor.
We then explained to them about no paid ministry in our church and a bit about how it’s run, all voluntary etc.
So where does all the tithing go? We don’t support pastors, we don’t spend money locally like they do. Their youth program bought a closed 6 screen theater and converted it into gaming rooms, rock climbing, and other fun things for kids. That’s got to be expensive. What do we spend on our youth out of the tithing funds?
I was a bit of a loss for and explaination. In comparison we spend very very little on the local congregational stuff.