It is our considered opinion that whoever appoints a pastor or church leader to his or her position should take the primary responsibility for the necessary support for the man and his family.
No man should be in a pastor’s role if he is not called by God, following the example of John 1.6. In this case the pastor should exercise his faith in the One who has chosen, called and sent him into ministry, for where “God guides God also provides,” and as CT Studd famously said many years ago, “God’s work, done in God’s ways will never lack God’s supplies.” Jesus put it just as simply by saying, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, that is His right ways of living and doing things, and all these things will be given to you.”
This has been our experience over more than 30 years, so our questions for any pastor who is passing by this page looking for financial support are:
Firstly, are you doing God’s work and genuinely seeking the coming of God’s Kingdom?
And secondly are you doing this work in God’s ways, rather than man’s ways ?
Now, let me add two more questions:
Are you teaching Biblical giving to your congregation however poor they are ?
Are you leading the way with your own giving to work among the lost, the last and least ?
If your answer is positive, then you may expect your faith and trust to release the provision. The word pro means for so the word pro-vision means God’s supply for the God-given vision to be fulfilled. So if a man or a woman is sent by God they should be believing God and never begging men with stories of poverty. The questions about giving are important because men have proven over the centuries that giving, whether personal or corporate, is the trigger that releases the fulfilment of God’s promises concerning money, for example: “Give, (first) and it shall be given unto you.”
The Lord has many ways of providing of course and as often as not they will involve other believers who are moved by His hand and His Spirit. Consequently, it should be absolutely normal that if a pastor has been chosen or elected by a congregation then that congregation should take the lead in providing for it’s leader and his family. It would surely be a disgrace for a church not to care for the one who gives his life to serve them at their request. The question of support should be discussed first and at length with the elders and the church, before disgracing them and revealing their meanness through requests to people outside the church or overseas.
If a pastor has been sent by a body of believers in another place then that group must take primary responsibility for the support of their missionary. Of course a missionary may choose to be self-supporting through work following the example of the apostle Paul and a multitude of so-called honourable “tentmakers” throughout history.
If a pastor has somehow appointed himself to the role, then he should be honest enough to support himself through work or by the gifts of friends who support him and his vision.
The DCI Fund is very happy to support the work of evangelism, mission, training and projects of compassion among the poor but for the reasons given, we ask to be excused from applications to provide wages, salaries, cars, computers or personal support from overseas for church leaders.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, if we are wrong then we are open to being corrected and shown a better way.