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BUDGETING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: payment for clergy, tithing
SCRIPTURE: Lev.19:13, Deut.24:14-15, Prov.3:9-10,
. Mal.3:10, 1Cor.9:14, 2Cor.9:1-14,
. Phil.4:18-19, 1Thess.5:12-13, 1Tim.5:17-18
Style: drama/conversation: people discuss
. the church’s budget, concentrating
. on what the pastor/s should receive
NOTE: For this skit I will use the title “pastor”
. which you can change, considering
. whichever title you use in your church
Cast: PEOPLE 1-3 (If you have more actors,
. you can split the lines up appropriately)
Set & Props: (optional) table, chairs, paper, pen
(PEOPLE 1-3 sit down. PERSON 1 is ready to write notes.)
P 1 Let’s get this budget committee meeting started,
. shall we?
P 2 What is first on the list?
P 3 Should we not pray first?
P 1 What’s there to pray about?
P 3 We could ask God for wisdom and guidance-
P 1 The economy is still bad, giving is down,
. it’s a no-brainer – all frills get cut.
P 3 But-
P 2 I second that motion.
P 1 (looking at itinerary) Coffee supplies?
P 3 People could have their coffee at home.
P 2 Hm, I kind of like to have coffee when I get here.
. Helps me stay awake during the pastor’s message.
P 1 I know what you mean. Besides, it’s our money 2
. which is being tithed. We might as well
. get something for it.
P 2 But the pastor/s can have their coffee at home.
P 1 Agree.
P 2 Maybe they can have some on Sunday mornings
. so THEY stay awake during the sermon.
(PERSON 1 and 2 laugh. PERSON 3 is very unimpressed.)
P 1 Well, let’s just look at the big piece of
. the budget right here – staring us in the face –
. the pastor/s’ income.
P 3 It’s really low, and time for a raise. Especially
. now that they have to buy their own coffee.
(PERSON 1 and 2 stop and stare at PERSON 3 like
they are crazy.)
p 1 I was thinking it should be more of a pay-cut.
P 3 Why? They work very hard, long hours.
P 2 They’re working in a church. How hard can that be?
P 3 They have to counsel hurting and grieving people
. They are expected to stop all the quarrels
. and arguments amongst us. They have to listen
. to - how many complaints a day?
P 2 Maybe if their Sunday morning messages were better,
. we’d learn something.
P 3 Maybe their sermons would be better if they had
. more time to prepare.
P 2 They have all week.
P 3 Except that they don’t, because they’re doing all
. that other stuff. PLUS we expect them to do all
. sorts of other ministries, because WE complain
. that WE don’t have enough time-
P 1 But we ARE paying the pastor/s to work. 3
P 3 First of all, there is only so much time in a day.
. If your boss heaped on the extra work like that,
. and then expected perfection, you’d not be happy.
. Second of all, let us look at their income.
. Could YOU live off that amount?
P 1 Ahhhh, it is – do-able.
P 3 Really? And then when they do NOT invite you over
. for a meal, you complain that they are not being
. hospitable. And when they DO invite you over,
. you complain that they only served you soup
. and bread. And what happens when they retire?
P 1 Well... they should be saving up for that -
. for themselves.
P 3 How? They don’t make enough to do that.
. Put yourselves in their position.
. How would YOU want to be treated?
P 1 But look how little tithing is coming in.
P 3 We need to challenge the people to give.
. It is all God’s money in the first place.
. In fact, God challenges us to test Him on this
. very thing. When we give ten percent, God says
. that He will bless us. And can you imagine
. if we ALL tithed. We’d have money left over.
. Even in this bad economy. And then paying
. our pastors, and missionaries what they deserve
. would not be an issue.
P 1 Huh... You have a very valid point.
P 2 Perhaps we need to take a step back, go home,
. do a lot of praying about this- before we set up
. this year’s budget.
P 3 I’ll second that motion.
(PEOPLE 1-3 exit.)