Around this time each year our council receives the financial results for the church year, and we also receive statistics on the annual giving of our members (without names). We then have a recurring discussion from the year before noting certain patterns and how many "zeros" there are. The question arises whether the elders and/or deacons should have knowledge of the names of members' financial contributions to the church. We feel there is no need to have this information unless we are actually planning to do something useful with it. What is a pastoral way to handle the information that we have? How do other churches deal with what people see as "sensitive" information? Especially in an age where people and organizations have privacy issues to deal with. Thanks for sharing.
How Much Information Do Elders Have on Members' Financial Offerings to the Church?