Here’s something simple and biblical.
- Buy something necessary, but not cheap, on behalf of your church—for example, all the meat for the men’s evangelistic barbecue evening, or a large amount of food for a soup kitchen.
- When you collect it and pay for it, throw away the paperwork—receipts, tax invoices, credit card slips, what have you. The nearest bin outside the shop will do.
- Don’t claim the expenses from the church.
- Forget about it.
- If your church treasurer has just the right sort of personality, he will eventually chase you up about it, feeling quite anxious about his need to make sure that his budget is accurate and aware that not all expenditure has been claimed. When he does, look anxious. If pressed, promise to look for the paperwork around your home. Go home and look in your bin. Then repeat step 4.
In doing so, you will be obeying Matthew 6:3-4. If, however, you have an exceptionally good memory, you will need to go through steps 1-4 many, many times during the church financial year. Even the most relaxed treasurer will eventually notice that all is not well.
- Last but not least, and as they say in fast food restaurants, enjoy!