God’s Commission: Evangelical Finance in Suburbia --- Sightings (Greg Chatterly)
I found this essay interesting. Not because I wanted to gloat over the failures of suburban white mega-churches, but because it illustrates the issue of money in religion. In a disestablished religious context, we need money to provide all that goes with a religious community. I'm clergy, and I get paid. I'm not a big church pastor, so I get a modest salary and benefits (and that's with a Ph.D.) Money has always proved to be a challenge. Folks with money can, though not always, use that to control churches. Clergy can get caught up in it too, especially if they control the financial operations. While denominational churches can get into trouble, independent congregations have even fewer controls. This essay focuses on suburbia, which is where the issue largely is housed today -- so take a read and consider how we might protect communities from such abuse.