Robert Welch promotes the concept of developing a theology for financial management by first explaining the distinction that Jesus Christ made between the uses of the Roman coin when he said, “Give back to Caesar” whereas in contrast the temple coin would render things belonging to God. (Welch, 148-149) Welch next gives citation to Romans 13:1 to show the need for submitting to authorities, and Welch next gives citation to Hebrews 13:6 for the sake of giving admonition to civic responsibility such that obligations are to be paid to everyone. (Welch, 149) Overall, one could thus reason that a vast duty exists for administering God’s government on earth (the Church) by harvesting resources from contributors for the sake of building God’s kingdom.
Welch gives three main reasons for developing a view in support of orderly financial operations, and these reasons are because it is a Christian principle, people expect it, and poor financial management can violate federal and state laws. (Welch, 149-150) To this end Welch points to three key elements of financial management namely organization, simplicity, and accuracy. (Welch, 151) Overall, one could thus see the simplicity and need for having good financial management in a church, and so the question should be, “Who would dispute the need for such things as organization or accuracy when managing finances?”
Clearly churches should take the things of God or at least the things given to God, and churches should harness those things in order to transform them into heaven on earth because it was the Lord Jesus that prayed, “…on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) The theological implications thus of good financial management in a church is that is has the potential of beating back the damned such that they are removed from exercising control of church resources. To this end Jesus Christ in conclusion to the parable of the talents says, “…’I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them-bring them here and kill them in front of me.'” (Luke 19:26-28) Overall, good financial management of a church renders the organization to be counted as, ‘those who have’ instead of, ‘those who have nothing’ and are marked as God’s enemies commanded to be terminated.
Welch, Robert. Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry. Nashville, Tennessee: B & H Publishing Group, 2005.