I have a friend who pastors a small church nearby with a budget of around $150,000 per year. Recently he told me me that he was having trouble freeing up $200 to pay for a few sessions of Christian counseling for a congregant who has finally agreed to seek help in dealing with deep wounds from the past. My friend wrote the check himself and is waiting to see if his church will reimburse him.
$150,000 budget ... but trouble freeing up $200 for a woman in need. Having been to his church, I don't think the people are themselves callous toward such needs; but rather that the system they operate in doesn't work well. Does this sound like an anomaly or is it all-too familiar in the institutional model of church? What's the cure?.