Improving the Finances of the Church: The Role of Church Leaders and Pastors

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
January 15, 2020
Location: 
Ghana
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology

Call for Book Chapter

One of the key issues that is often discussed among scholars, clergy, church members and financial experts since  the inception of the church to the 21st century in how to mobilize, manage, and disburse the finances of the church. Financial issues have been at the root of some schism in the church. It is a strong factor in mission, and a resource in church administration. In contemporary prophetic Christianity in Africa, it has been argued that the motivation for ministry work is to amass wealth at the detriment of the church members. Hence, a fee is usually charged before one is allowed to see or receive the services of a prophet. In the absence of fees, members were compelled to buy a prophylactic of the prophet at exorbitant rates. By this, the poor is excluded from receiving the services of a prophet. In the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches, emphasis is placed on tithes, offerings, special offerings to raise the needed money for the running of the ministries of the Church. In the Historic Mission Churches (HMCs), besides tithes and offerings the Church has investments and businesses from which proceeds are used to support the finances of the Church. However, since the HMCs was founded by mission agencies from the Euro-Americas they had financial support from these agencies at their formative periods. The Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches and the prophetic Churches are Churches founded by indigenous people, who do not receive any financial support from any mission agency. The common denominator among all these Churches in Africa is that offerings and tithes are the main sources of finance for the running of the Church. Proceeds from these two main sources are always inadequate.

It is quite important that the voice and contributions of financial and accounting experts, theologians, and financial groups of the church in Africa harness new means of improving the finances of the church through without adding up to the load of the members in offerings and tithing. What are specific new ways, innovative perspectives, and contributions of scholars both in the church and outside the church in improving the finances of the church? What are the explicit roles of church leaders, and pastors? Contributors to this call for papers may approach the subject from various perspectives, including but not limited to the following:

  • Biblical perspectives of mobilizing financial resources
  • Financial education in the church
  • Tithe for the 21st century church
  • Offerings in the church today
  • The church and entrepreneurship
  • Pastoral entrepreneurship
  • Financial accountability in the church
  • Stewardship
  • The church and welfare system
  • Sale of items in the church
  • Improving tithes and offerings in the church today
  • Salaries and allowances for church leaders
  • Fundraising in Historic Mission Churches
  • Fundraising in Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches
  • Fundraising in Prophetic Churches/Ministries
  • The church and funds
  • Purchasing and procurement policies of the church
  • Church leaders, pastors, and financial control
  • Prophecy and money
  • Financial administration in the church
  • Projects offering
  • The pastor/leader as a fundraiser
  • Retirement packages for pastors and leaders of the church
  • Giving to pastors in Pauline literature (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)
  • Collection in Pauline literature (2 Corinthians 9)

 

Important dates

Submission of 200 words abstracts: January 15, 2020

Notice for acceptance of abstracts: February 15, 2020

Submission of full draft chapter: May 30, 2020

Peer review sent to contributors for improvements: June 30, 2020

Submission of final paper: July 30, 2020

Publication date: August/September, 2020.

Submissions should be sent to: danielniiaboagyearyeh@gmail.com