Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Cheap Can Be Costly

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jun 28, 2008

Many Christians are very conscious about the use of their money, and rightly so. Being a church planter means that resources are usually limited, but you must take heed to the old saying which states we must not be "penny wise and pound foolish." Buying inexpensive materials and supplies sometimes will have serious negative consequences. In fact, buying cheap products and services can, in the end, prove to be more costly than purchasing better products that will last longer. In addition, very often paying for professional services may in the end prove to be a better bargain than utilizing free help.

One of the greatest expenses of starting a new church is the cost to rent a building. Renting a church building would be nice, however it is improbable that one will be available to you where you need it and when you need it. Therefore, a store front, a school, or a meeting hall etc. becomes the next best thing. Renting can be costly and making the mistake of paying less to meet in a place where no one will attend is no bargain. It is costly to meet in a place where people are less likely to attend. A downtown storefront may be perceived as unsafe. A small meeting place with no classroom space or no nursery can present a problem as well. In general, dirty or dingy quarters may hider people from attending. Also, one must consider the location. If a meeting place is free, but too far for people to attend it is a waste of time and in the end costly. People should be willing to meet anywhere because they love the Lord, but in reality a new church seldom attracts strong believers and thus it is necessary to have the best accommodations possible to encourage visitors to attend and return.

A well meaning individual may offer to design and publish a web site for you. He may offer to do it for free. Free is costly if it is poorly designed. A professional eye to design the site and a reliable host will easily pay for itself by attracting more people. Remember, your web page may be the only thing new prospects know about you. If the web site indicates you are unprofessional many people will never take the time to visit and meet you. Once again cheap can be costly.

Your printed material may be the only contact between you and many people in your community. Materials must be designed and printed in a professional manner. In our technological society great deals exist and can be found on the internet. It not necessary to personally design and print most materials. In fact, companies can address and mail materials for you almost as inexpensively as you can do it yourself, and they can do it better in most cases. A well-meaning pastor may offer you his worn and torn song books for free. Tattered song books testify of shoddiness and can be repulsive to visitors who think your church is poorly run. Once again, cheap does not speak well of our wonderful Savior and cheap can be costly.

Buses that aren't safe, PA systems that squeak and squeal, bathrooms that appear unclean, rooms that are dingy, and pews or chairs that fall apart will in the end prove to be costly. Many times it is less expensive to do something right and pay more for it, than to pay less and constantly be repairing it. Cheap is costly if people will not return because the facility is undesirable. Everyone who visits the church is a potential tither and servant, but if they fail to return, an opportunity is to help someone is lost and perhaps they will remain unsaved.

Just because something is expensive does not necessarily make it better, but doing a thing right and well speaks volumes about the preacher's integrity. We have a great Savior and we should give Him our best. If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."

Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.