Today Philip Green reported that the Government could save a fortune by having better purchasing systems, using its buildings more efficiently and generally being smarter about how they commission projects.
It got me thinking, not for the first time, does the church offer value for money?
That might seem like a strange question but each week we ask people to give their money in the offering. As times get tight we ask fewer people to give more.
How is the money spent? And is it spent wisely?
For most denominations there are two big costs: ministers and buildings. These account of over 90% of spending. As money gets short other things are cut.
Is this good stewardship? Is that what we should be spending almost all of our money on?