Missions Misunderstood » Finances

Posted January 5th, 2011 by E. Goodman

…or is it Pepsi? Surly you’ve heard this rumor repeated as evidence the the widespread and subversive influence on American culture. It was repeated to me recently during a conversation about missionary businessmen. Several church leaders were talking with a young man who is starting an internet research company so that he and his family […]

Tags: Business, Coca-Cola, Finances, Mormons

Filed under:Finances, Missions Posted April 16th, 2008 by E. Goodman

When you’re a carpenter, people pay you to build things out of wood. Mechanics earn their living by fixing cars. Authors are paid for writing books, lawyers bill for their counsel, and teachers are compensated for teaching. What is a missionary paid for? There’s really no tangible service being performed, and we don’t produce any […]

Tags: Favors, Finances, Giving, Money

Filed under:Finances, Missions Posted March 26th, 2008 by E. Goodman

You may not be aware of this, but even the “working class” in the United States is richer than most of the people in the world. This economic discrepancy is known in even the most isolated of places, and certainly everywhere missionaries go. The image on the upper right is a cartogram (a map deliberately […]

Tags: poverty, Social Action

Filed under:Finances, Trends Posted July 15th, 2007 by E. Goodman

So I’ve had a couple of inquiries about the “new” “trend“(it’s really neither, but more on that later) away from full-time, professional missionaries and toward volunteer and short-term mission endeavors. I’ve made no secret of my own discomfort with being a professional missionary, so some of my readers ask if I’m excited by the potential […]

Filed under:Finances, Missions, Trends Posted December 7th, 2006 by E. Goodman

Every Christmas season, the International Mission Board launches its annual fundraising campaign, “The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.” All of the money raised through the drive goes to missions. That’s the money that pays our rent and covers our ministry-related expenses. If you are Southern Baptist, I would encourage you to give generously. ————————————————– The above […]

Posted July 13th, 2006 by E. Goodman

It happens every week. The shiny silver saucer floats down the pew, picking up fingerprint smudges and wadded-up bills. Or maybe your church uses those velvet bags with the wooden handle horns that jingles with change and does cartwheels as it’s passed from hand to hand. We call it the “offering.” You put in some […]

Filed under:Communication, Finances Posted December 21st, 2005 by E. Goodman

I get a paycheck on the 15th of every month. I know that isn’t the norm for most professional “missionaries,” but the IMB funds us so that we don’t have to raise our own support. We’re not getting rich, (in fact, we just got a decrease in pay), but we’re not going hungry either. The […]

Tags: Finances, Money, organization