A few questions that we received in response to the financial update provided last Sunday might best be boiled down to this question: Why save so much money? Nobody asked that specifically, but there were three similar questions that I think this response will satisfy. First, its best to look at the percentage saved rather than the actual number. Most of us are not used to seeing a savings of six figures…uhm…LEFT of the decimal! In our first three years as a church we have saved 19% of our total giving. It’s also important to understand how that savings breaks down. About ¼ of it comes from a start-up gift provided by Heritage when we launched; Another ¼ is set aside from our annual budget for missions and church growth; And the final ½ is a result of a combination of giving in excess and spending under the annual budgets. Which can be attributed to good stewardship, but also a attendance growth rate that has exceeded all expectations.
Another way to interpret the question, Why save so much? is, Why not invest the resources God has provided rather than save them? This is a very good question and it comes from Jesus’ teaching referred to as the Parable of the Talents (Matt 25). Oversimplifying, Jesus suggests that God will not be pleased if we “hid” the resources He has provided. That, instead, we should bring glory to God by employing and investing the blessings so that they can be multiplied. It is true, we don’t want to simply hoard or “hide” what God has supplied, but we DO want to invest wisely, strategically, and through partnerships with whom we’ve built solid relationships. Be assured, we are always on the look-out for precisely how God wants us to use what He has provided, but also remember that we HAVE invested 81%…and, WOW, what a return!