Dr. Johnson C. Philip
church has done with indigenous funds. In slightly over a century we are over 2200 churches, and numerous ministries. A good amount of financial support for all this comes from Indians in India and abroad.
Today a number of funds, ministries, trusts, and individuals raise funds for supporting individuals and ministries. This has resulted in a great boost to evangelism. However, no comprehensive review has ever been undertaken by anyone to see that the support of Indian evangelists and Indian Christian ministries continues in the most efficient way.
As a result, at times funds do not reach the most needy; those who receive the most support are the least committed; and there is a lack of good stewardship on many occasions. What is more, fund-raising and distribution has become a tool for various kinds of manipulation, pressure-tactics, and even outright business for a few people. In the long run this hurts the assemblies by bleeding money out of the right place. It also hurts the assemblies when funds are used to create pressure groups.
In about a dozen or so many articles I hope to trace some of the things that I mentioned above. The incentive has come from the recent developments in the secular world where there is suddenly a great stress on transparency, right to information, and accountability. There is also a great stress on exposing financial scams. I feel it is high time that we too do the same thing because we have been called to walk by a higher standard of accountability and stewardship. [To Coninue …]