Much time is spent in church talking about money problems. Usually it is about not having enough money. This is usually caused by a lack of vision, a decrease in attendance, or no clear emphasis on stewardship (Jesus talked more about money and possessions than heaven and hell combined) to name a few.
Those are all things that can be remedied. I believe though that beyond these things the church should never have enough money for another reason. If you have enough money as a church to fund your vision then your vision is too small. I believe that vision should always outpace financing.
I once heard that every pastor should keep in his or her desk a rough architectural sketch of future building expansion in case a large donor comes and offers a large gift and asks “where can it best be used?” Of course, vision is not primarily about buildings but what about keeping a plan and vision for an after-school tutoring program, or a vision to provide housing for unwed teen mothers or a vision to plant 250 churches in 30 years?
In the end, if you have funded your vision it is time to ask God for a newer and more bold and ambitious vision for God’s glory. When we do this we make a statement of faith and claim the promise that God is indeed able to far more than we can even ask or imagine.
So, I hope your church never has enough money! Not because of a lack of vision, or attendance issues or because leadership refuses to talk about giving. I hope you never have enough money because God has given you a vision so large that without God’s help it cannot be accomplished.