The church world is a beast.
We all know the power of having a community and a loving network that's fueled by a common love of God. However, we also know of the difficulties and the issues that we come across. When starting a business, it's important that we separate ourselves from the politics and the drama of church life. We get so wrapped up in what others say and how they expect us to act, rather than how we need to move for our own success. So, Today we’re talking about your money. Whether you should charge your church family and how much is too much or too little.
I’m definitely one of those people who wants to give all my skills to others.
There’s been plenty of times that I’ve given paintings, sung at events and even helped people with their marketing for free. It was out of the goodness of my heart. Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do that either, however, I had to learn when it was the right time for me to actually charge for my services.
Don’t think that just because you are a Christian and that we are servants first that you aren’t supposed to ask for money. God wants us to be generous and kind to everyone, including the people that we’re paying to do a service. Deuteronomy 24:14-15 says "You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns. You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you”. This would also mean that we are equally owed what we deserve for our work.
As a business owner, service provider, creator, etc., you have to know your worth. Otherwise people will determine it for you. God has given you something that is unique and is necessary.
Think about what you are trying to give, do some research on what others charge, pray and ask God for guidance and keep moving! Those who are truly invested in what you have to offer, will pay for your time and gifts.
Thanks for watching or reading. I hope this helped you gained a little encouragement on charging for your work. Stay tuned for part two.
Stay Blessed. Be Blessed.