Are You Interested in Money?
By Ken Sloane
Ever wonder how we came to fund ministry the way we do? Contrary to what you may have been told, our current model of raising money would seem foreign to the early church, or to the church of just 200 years ago.
In his book, The Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar: A History of Money in American Protestantism, author James Hudnut-Beumler weaves a historical expedition to help us understand that how our current practice of passing the plate on Sunday mornings is part of an ever-evolving challenge to keep ministry moving forward. Much of this has been strongly influenced by American ideas of enterprise, materialism, and individualism.
As we consider how funding ministry is needing adaptation and evolution today, it might be helpful to have a broader understanding of the evolution that brought us this far.
Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.