"focus on mission not money: as assets rise over time, risk taking declines. managers of the church find themselves making decisions weighted toward protecting their resources rather than investing them in mission. mission is sacrificed on the alter of wealth, under the banner of "good stewardship"
read this yesterday and this really hit home
I think that too many times, the institutional church makes decisions and the decisions are made through the funnel of $$$. They then "spin" the fact that we can not spend money on missions/ministry/people ------ because we need to be good stewards.