Quotes: The elephant in the (expensive) church that no one talks about.

Many churches spend more on interest payments than on world missions. Debt ties the church’s hands. If attendance drops, the economy suffers, or giving dips, then pastors or missionaries must go unpaid. The building completed eight years ago, already needing repairs, keeps demanding those monthly payments, mostly going to interest. . . . When a church overextends itself financially, it inevitably spends time during services trying to persuade people to give to the building fund. This changes the focus from worshiping Christ, studying the Scriptures, and meeting the needs of the community, to concerns about buildings, mortgages, and money.

– Randy Alcorn


2 thoughts on “Quotes: The elephant in the (expensive) church that no one talks about.”

  1. Yes, yes, yes. I used to go to a church that had secretly accumulated $70,000,000 in debt. You read that right. It was a secret, until someone revealed it. The pastor, who bought a near $2,000,000 house, and I have a picture of that, and also the $600,000 he bought to downsize after the negative reactions, wanted this to be a secret. His definition of “pennies on a dollar” was much different from everyone else’s definition.


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