'Just the Facts' Church Financial Update 2012

by Gary Bowman on September 12th, 2012

Sunday we shared a "Just the Facts" talk about the people and finances of Paseo del Rey Church.

We shared that God does not desire equal gifts, but equal sacrifice, (2 Corinthians 8), and that God wants us all to excel in this grace of giving, (2 Corinthians 8.7).

Take a look and listen to Sunday's 10 minute "Just the Facts" talk below. And ask God about your financial part in your local church. 

Here's the images you see in the video from Sunday as well, with a brief explanation. They are best understood in the context of the talk.

First we talked about where we spend the money God provides us. (Our detailed budget and monthly financial statements are always available upon request from our church office. Or feel free to speak with someone from our Business Team: Jack Close, Eric Kayla, Bob Yamada, Cindy Dickinson, Jerry Zeller or Gary Bowman. Contact information for these folks is available from our church office or 619.421.7733.)

PDR Chart 1

 

Next, we reminded ourselves that God supplies all the money we receive, through you!

PDR Chart 2

 

We then thought about how God has a part for each of us in the financial undergirding of the local church, 2 Corinthians 9.6-7. We currently have about 200 "attending units" (defining an attending unit as each individual or couple who call Paseo del Rey Church their home).

PDR Chart 3a

 

IF we were to divide our monthly budget of $55,000 by these 200 attending units, the average attending unit would give $278 per month. We offer these numbers only to help us gain perspective. We do not expect every attending unit to be able to give this amount monthly. We know that many people at Paseo del Rey Church can, and do, give much more than this average; and that many people have a  more limited income and are not able to give at this level. God, and we don't expect equal gifts, but rather equal sacrifice according to God's kind provision in our lives, 2 Corinthians 8.

PDR Chart 3b

 

Here's what God desires, for us to excel in the grace of giving, 2 Corinthians 8.7.

PDR Chart 4

 

Paul reminds us of the Christians from Macedonia, who are outstanding models for all Christians in giving:

Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. 2 Corinthians 8.2-3

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