A genuine work of God may use money, but it is never dependent on money. It is dependent only on the power of the Holy Spirit. Where any work is dependent on money, it is not a genuine work of God. Jesus' ministry was dependent only on the Holy Spirit. He did accept gifts of money from His followers for His work (Luke 8:2, 3). But He never asked anyone at any time for money and He never made His financial needs known to anyone but His Father. This is the way that any ministry that honours God will work even today.
Jesus was the first physical "Body of Christ" on earth. Today we in the church are called the spiritual "Body of Christ". And so we seek to follow the example that Jesus Himself set for us in the matter of finances, during His earthly life.
We do not ask anyone for money for our needs, and we do not send out any “prayer letters” hinting about our needs either. We do not take offerings by passing around a bag/plate in our church meetings. We only place a freewill “offering box” in our church auditorium for those who wish to give — cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7); faithfully (I Corinthians 16:2); secretly (Matthew 6:3-4); and in reconciliation with each other (Matthew 5:23-24).
All money that is received as freewill offerings or as voluntary contributions, goes directly to the work of spreading the gospel and disciple making. None of it goes to any individual, since we do not have any paid staff. Our elders support themselves with earthly jobs (like the apostle Paul did), and none of them is supported financially by the church.
When people ask us whether they can give to support this ministry, we ask them to go through this checklist first: