Churches cost like every other church in America. Home groups meet in houses owned or rented by members so no add'l cost here. Cell groups also meet in main church bldg or at homes, coffee shops, etc. same as evangelical churches. No add.l cost.<quoted text>
Do churches, cell houses, and schools cost money? How are they going to pay for all this if there are members? Jesus led by example, he didn't try to tick his followers.
Obviously I agree with your trick his followers comment. As Peter instructs us:
2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b] not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:2-5
However ....handling of money is Exemplar at Xenos! We could point out ministries like TBN or Daystar, beeny Hinn, or Rod Parsley and World Harvest as having a worst practice regarding money and stewardship. So as to the misappropriationof money at Xenos, these arguments are red herrings. Let me quote from 1 Peter 5:15' "These are not the droids you are looking for."