A task that the Association of Baptist Churches feels is very important is assisting churches financially. Challenging as it may be, strengthening the financial stability of the local church is not only important for it to function properly, but, in many cases, for its very existence. Some churches are able to sustain themselves and their ministry, other churches would not be able to effectively exist and function without external support.
There could be several factors affecting the financial stability of the church, but the main factor has to do with the religious background of most church members. The majority of church members come from the traditional church which do not rely financially on tithing. Most hear about tithing as a spiritual for the first time in our churches, and it takes time for them to become accustomed to it. While tithing is is on the rise, very few churches are able to meet the immediate needs of their pastors. That is why it is not uncommon for a pastor to have a job in addition to pastoring the church, or seeking support from elsewhere.
Tending to the church members and ministry is top priority. However, as pastors spend tremendous time working or seeking outside support to make ends meet, it pulls time and attention away from the ministry. To fill this great need, ABC provides scholarships that allow pastors to focus on shepherding their congregation and sharing the good news of Jesus. In addition, ABC provides scholarships to church planters and evangelists. Having the daily needs of their families met will have a significant impact on the work pastors do within their congregations and in the wider community. Donations provided to the ABC enable pastors to pay their bills and take care of their home, easing the burden of their work to make ends meet and instead focus on the work at hand: building up the church and spreading the good news of the gospel.