Kingdom Business

I have to confess, when I attend meetings and functions outside the church, I love it when people ask me
where I work. “Oh, I work for a church,” I say. “Really? What do you do at the church?” “I’m the Business Manager.” Huh? People look so puzzled; I mean what kind of business needs attending at a church? One of the first expressions I learned when I started working at Peace was “Kingdom Business.” I love that phrase! There is a lot of business to attend to at Peace, through this blog/newsletter I would like to share with you what I have learned about Kingdom Business. Not only what it means to me, but what it might mean to you as a member of Peace.

There is so much I have learned working here at Peace, I decided the first place to start was Worship
and yes, offerings. During the offering on Sunday Worship, the pastors often say “We now worship the Lord with our offerings.” I don’t think it gets any clearer than that! One way we worship our Lord is through our offerings. First fruits. Tithe. Giving. These are a few of the names for the Lord’s offerings.

I am excited to share with you that the leadership at Peace has instituted something new to our cash-flow
management. That is, our Mission projects will be paid out of the first fruits of our offerings! So for example, if the deposits for the week total $28,000, then 10% (or $2,800) of that will be paid towards one of our budgeted mission projects. This is exciting for me and our leadership to determine when and how to pay mission projects. Our leadership has prioritized the mission line items and every week as we total
the plate and online offerings, we will know exactly how much to distribute to God’s kingdom!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about offerings, and one of my favorite phrases, “Kingdom Business”. Over time I will share more (kingdom) business “tidbits” that I have learned being a part of this staff. Like your own household, our Lord’s house has bills and a budget. Even in Kingdom Business things have a cost. I am so thankful that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we know that the ultimate cost is the cost of sin: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23). May our Father in heaven pour out his blessing on Peace’s Kingdom
Business, as we offer our first fruits to Him. May we always remember the ultimate offering, his son, Jesus Christ, on the cross at Calvary.

Thankful to be of His service and yours,

Patti Ninneman
Business Manager
pninneman@peacelutheran.net

If you would like me to address a certain aspect of church business, please feel free to call or email me at the church office!

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