Scenario One:  Overview

The Exchange Program is adaptable to missions work. Exchanges focused on doing the work of the church serves as a mission and takes on the nature of a mission. So, the Exchanges algorithm is very easily implemented as a church program.

A church is to be a light to the world and to do works that reflect faith in obedience to God according to the divine light of Jesus. This promotion of good works in and by the church is generally labelled outreach. Now, surely it is good to do good works. Accountability in the church generally has two often seperate avenues. Outreach refers to the churches local programs and Missions supports activities outside of the churches own mission field. Outreach in this sense is the churches area of direct accountability while Missions assist other programs in working in their area of accountability. This explanation will hopefully help those not familier with the church to understand better how Exchanges can improve generally the provision of services. Hopefully this scenario will also assist the church to understand how the work of the church can be expanding by a deeper understanding and application of accountability principles.

Exchanges when adapted specifically to missions will be referred to as an Exchange Mission.

Scenario One:  Internal Needs

A mission is started when a group within the church determines to help one another in a Godly way to build up the church. The building up the church has the same components or aspects as any marketing program to increase market share. The church must increase in numbers but also in spirituality. This requires marketing. Accountability is created by the market. Of we do not do as we ought our marketing will fail.

However an organization has to be created before it can do good works. The church has specific needs as an organization and it also has what may be referred to as small group needs. Church needs refer to the work of setting up the church, cleaning the church, ushering, the duties of elders and so on. Small groups are not always present as a specific element in the life of a church however it is in the nature of people to form groups especially as the numbers in a church climb. Thus if the Small Group program is not initiated as a formal undertaking it is sure to exist in an informal sense.

Small group activities happen outside of the normal church service. Often this is in the informal context of after church socializing. Marketing is best acheived in small group settings. Accountability is always present as an undercurrent in any marketing endeavour.

At the heart of the Exchange is accountability for the costs created by the program. The church, as a body of believers, is not marketing itself effectively if it does not take responsibility as a body for the costs its existence creates. If only 20% of the congregation take responsibility for the church then the church is only 20% effective.

People make take responsibility for many of the duties associated with the existence of the church. Some step forward to help prepare for service, others help clean and repair the facilities. Usually if someone is looking for something to do something will be found that needs doing.

Indeed it is a rule that things are done best by those who see that it needs doing.

Christians fail by not seeing the church as a rational creation ie as a creation of the human mind that reflects and mirrors the way we think. Just as we need an objective to think straight we need an objective to organize rationally. Rationality is relative to the objective to which we aspire determined by those with whom we work. This is what we refer to as the market.

The Free Market is a general, non-specific market. It cannot tell us if we as a church are living appropriately as a church. A market is simply a need and someone who has the ability to satisfy the need. The church has needs and it has people that are able to supply what is needed. It is de facto a market. The only question is how the church will administrate this market.

A local church can design and print vouchers for the purpose of internalizing costs. However it is easier and more cost effective to modify regular dollar bills (or whatever currency is circulated in your nation) for this purpose. To convert fiat money for use in the church dollars are marked with an 'R ' or any other mark the church decides to use. To keep the discussion consistent we will use rollars (rational dollars) as the designation for ministry money.

Rollars can be created and provided by the church as a ministry of the church. The normal process is for those who have a need for them to create them. Rollars put the focus on local initiatives.

A church is a body and in a body all parts of the body are equally important. Help given to those outide of the church should not be confused with the help members give one another. The church is primarily a local body focused on local needs.

Charity should not be given without thought for the body. Scripture tells us to give to those who ask and not to worry about the morrow but this is because the member is embedded in a strong support group. To give without the givng strengthning the body is not just.

2 Cor.13-15. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

Neither a borrower or a lender be. Give but give to the body in a way that the giver can repay and maintain equal status in the body. This is why the use of rollars in the body is recommended. A member who receives help pays for the provision in rollars. If this currency is created by the church and given as needed it provides a way for people to help and be helped without stress of strain.

The pay given for work done is basically immaterial since the payment stays within the program and the same amount of money buys the same amount of work whenever work is done. For ease of implementation a normal hours pay for the community in which the church resides is best given for an hours work done for the church or for the body.

In the conventional church members volunteers their services. This relience on volunteers often tends to create a tension and division in the church, what is known as the 20/80 rule. In conventional thinking charity makes sense. But rationally charity is bettered thought of as a way of thinking about others than a way of dealing with serious social issues.

Scenario One:  Example One

Sue helps out by babysitting and doing light housework for different woman in the church. She usually can contribute about 3 to 5 hours a month. Sometimes she gets a thank you card, at other times those whom she helps offers her money which she declines. One woman who she helps on a fairly regular basis sends her a Christmas card and a small token gift. Sue is a homemaker, married with three children, 3, 5 and 8. Her husband is an electrician making good money but with large seasonal variations.

Sue does not take money for her ministry because she and her husband manage and many are in worse financial situation than herself. Rationalism changes the dynamic of ministry. The small group Sue participates in sets up a Rational Ministry.

Sue designs and prints out a $100.00 worth of private currency and deposits the same amount in the churches account. She uses some of this money to purchase bread from Ann and a days housework from Alice. Sue buys the bread and pays for housework because Ann and Alice need help from Sue on a regular basis. By purchasing goods and services Sue provides these woman with the means to purchase babysitting services from her. It also gives these woman money that can be used to either purchase goods and services from other church members or as donations to the church itself.

This initializes a local economy.

Alice has aquired r80.00 (80 rollars). She uses r45.00 to pay Margret for doing her hair. Another r30.00 is put in the collection plate. Alice also needs babysitting done so she calls Sue. The small group has already decided work will normally be done for r12.00 an hour though more can be given if the circumstance justify it. Alice donates $50.00 to the church ministry so she can pay Sue in rollars.

Margret has never asked Sue to babysit but since she has r45.00 she decides to call up Sue and ask her to babysit. Sue is booked but tells Margret to ask Billie. Billie is not a member of the small group and is not even a member of the church but Sue knows Billie could use the money and is open to the Word of God. So Margret and Sue go to Billie to ask if she would like to join the Rational Ministry and help build the local economy and local owership of local resources. Billie sees this as a desireable objective and buys $200.00 worth of rollars. She also agrees to babysit for Margret. She also agrees to come to the small groups regular meeting.

Scenario One:  Example Two

Arnold has a 60 AMP service panel and he needs it upgrading. He has talked several times with Tom, Sues husband, about getting the work done, but even the parts are too much for Arnolds budget. He has some money saved but Tom estimates Arnold needs $800.00 more. After hearing about the Rational program Tom talks over Arnolds predictament with Sue and after prayer they decide to commit a further $800.00 to the program.

Tom calls Arnold and explains how the program works and suggests he set this up in the small group he attends. Tom hires Arnold to do some gardening. They agree on 80 hours at a rate of ten dollars an hour at Arnolds insistence. Tom installs the 100 amp service and gets the money Arnold has saved for the work plus the r800.00 he paid to Arnold in advance of the work to be performed.

Since Tom has r800.00 Sue and Tom sit down trying to decide what to do with it. They decide to fund another small group, this one made up of teens. Each teen is made aware of the way the Rational Program works and is given r30.00 to be used within the Rational Program.

They know of a family in need of money also in Arnolds small group so their decide to hire the couple, both excellent cooks, to cater a meal for the two small groups.

Jack the husband, aware of the Rational Program agrees to cater the meal. Jack works in a local prison and after some discussion with Tom and Arnold and his bosses at the prison, decides to introduce the program to the prisoners.

Scenario One:  Example Three

Millie-Ann received r30.00 from Tom and Sue. She belongs to a youth group who received a behest from Tom. She uses most of it to buy some heavy metal cd's one of the girls in the group no longer wishes to listen to. The youth Pastor who owns and operates a corner store agrees to take rollars as payment for any items the youth wish to purchase if in turn they will agree to take turns working part time at the store.

Millie-Ann uses the remainder of her money to buy some tutoring from one of the group.

During one of the youth group meetings the topic of how best to use rollars came up. Ed wondered if the group could not reward Ted for every hour he refrained from making disparaging or ill-humoured comments. It was decided they would each chip in r.50. This would give him r10.00 for every hour he talk appropriately. The group decided that if there was disagreement those who wished to reward Ted would chip in their half chollar (.50) and those who disagreed would withhold their part of the reward.

Several of the teens had summer jobs. They decided to use their income to help pay down the debt of the church. Their youth pastor then made arrangements with families belonging to a church close to the college to accept rollars for providing accommadation to the youths when they began to attend college. The church would take care of the costs up to the value of the money loaned them by the youth group members.

The youth that had not be able to find regular jobs decided to start a lawn care business. They rented lawn care tools from several church members, paying them in rollars. They decided that the business would pay them r12.00 per hour worked. Any funds left over at the end of the season would be used to purchase lawn tools in order to reduce the money spent on renting tools.

As business increased the group decided to invite other youths and some of their parents to join so they would have someone to drive them to the more distant locations. Customers were introduced to the Rational Program. Many joined the program. Jack was a mechanic who offered to fix other program members vehicles for half regular dollars and half rollars when he realized he could purchase groceries at a local store for rollars.

Scenario Two:  Program For Prisons

Arnold is in a small group at his church. He works at a local prison. After seeing how well Rationalism works he decides to introduce it to the inmates and guards to see if it can help in rehabilitating prisoners. Read more



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