You Get What You Pay For

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Some truth-telling for a Monday morning. I am a fairly frugal guy by nature – I don’t mind spending money, but I don’t like to waste it. However, in church, it’s not always [or even usually] the best plan to spend as little as possible…

Remember, the objectives of church are different than the objectives of a business. In business, the goal is generally to maximize income and minimize costs so that you can make the greatest amount of profit. In church, the goal is to point people towards Christ and meet their needs. Sometimes, the best way to do that is inexpensive, but sometimes it’s not. I’m certainly not advocating wasting money, but I have seen first-hand the damage that can be done when a “cheap no matter what” mentality starts taking over – remember, in the Parable of the Talents, the one who hid the money was punished…

I have found that “you get what you pay for” is generally an accurate statement. An unduly stingy attitude can actually cost you more in the long run – when inexpensive gear breaks down, when underpaid staff quit, when facilities look like no one cares… Cheaper isn’t always better – better is better.

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