November 9, 2010
Should Pastors Know What People Give?
Does such information create temptation toward favoritism, or a needed discipleship tool?
A question on XPastor.org's Google Group asked whether pastors should know who gives what to the church. Is it primarily an issue of privacy, potential partiality, or accountability and pastoral care?
Churches must decide whether the pastor needs to know, such as for providing specific counsel and spiritual development tied to members' tithing. Once the church determines who has access, it needs to disclose this to the congregation so that donors "will have a realistic expectation of privacy," Sommerville says.
Here is how three XPastor.org members say their churches handle this question:
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