Is the church accountable for money?

Does the Bible state anywhere about how the money it receives is to be spent? What about accountability, is the church accountable for how the money is spent?

In regard to money donated to a church, there are insights about the giver’s motivation and method of donating the money (1 Corinthians 16:2), but there are no particular Biblical mandates about how the money is spent by a church. Certainly, the church leadership and church treasurers need to be upright with the accounting of the donated money (2 Corinthians 8:21). And, as far as the donated money being spent in an accountable manner, the Bible calls upon the leaders of the church, i.e. pastors, elders, deacons, trustees, etc. to be wise in their shepherding of the flock and this should include making sure the congregation’s contributions of money are spent appropriately (1 Timothy 3:1-13 and 1 Peter 5:1-3).

Beyond the Biblical principles just shared, there are the cultural implications of church government that can differ among churches. For example, some churches vest the authority for spending in the church board and others that vest that same authority in the congregation. As you find yourself under a particular church governance, it is recommended that you remain submissive to the recognized authority within your church and respect the leaders that God has placed there (Hebrews 13:7, 17). If you feel it necessary to challenge your church leaders, do so with an appropriate appeal to authority that shows “due respect” while “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

May the Lord bless you as you seek to honor Him as you face the issues of being a part of a local church.