After hearing Mark Rutland speak at a pastor’s conference at Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia, I signed my staff up for his yearlong training.
Mark is a missionary, evangelist, ordained minister, founder and President of Global Servants, and was the third President of Oral Roberts University. He has pastored churches in Florida and Georgia, and is currently part of Jentzen Franklin’s ministry team, and offers seminars for Pastoral training.
Mark covers many subjects in his course; from sermon delivery, worship, and leadership modeling; but it was during his financial training that he made a comment that would forever change my life.
Mark was called to a church in Florida as their Senior Minister. The church had built expansive facilities, was growing exponentially and everything was high and to the right—when a moral issue rocked the church. Leadership was removed, attendance fell off, and finances plummeted. During this period is when God called Mark to serve this church.
One day, lamenting the financial burden he had just inherited—I think the mortgage payment was $120,000 A WEEK—he asked the Lord, “I have always been faithful with finances. I have led with little debt and usually with a surplus in savings. Why would you ask me to take over a church drowning in debt?” The soft gentle voice of God answered, “What is more Christian than paying another man’s debt?”
Isn’t that what Jesus did for us? We couldn’t pay the debt we owed, so he—Jesus— entered our story and paid the price for our sins. Then, as an act of worship, He allows us to enter in and serve other people with theirs’.
Our church is on a journey to pay off people’s debts. We think it is a godly reflection of what our Savior has done for us. For more on this subject visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmE7lhOC04&t=1284s