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The importance and challenges of money in Christian missions

Akinyemi O. Alawode
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 1 | a5984 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i1.5984 | © 2020 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 March 2020 | Published: 16 July 2020

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Akinyemi O. Alawode, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Money is an essential element of everyday life. It is required to keep life going. However, the importance of money is not only in having it to meet one’s needs but also in the proper management of it. Like any other human endeavour, Christian missionary activities involve cash; one cannot talk about it without mentioning money. Nevertheless, money also poses a potential danger to the missionary enterprise. It is therefore important to pay attention to money-related issues in Christian missions because the approach taken in handling money in Christian missions can either promote the gospel or delay its advancement and distort its shape. This article will consider biblical perspective of money, importance of money in Christian missions, challenges related to money in Christian missions and how to handle money in Christian missions before conclusion is drawn.

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Christian missions; importance of money; money management; gospel advancement; biblical perspective of money

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