Did it ever happen in your congregation?
It did in one of mine a decade ago. Not only were funds on hand in the congregation account used but repeated announcements were made to contribute towards the medical treatments for an elder’s wife who was battling breast cancer.
It created a divide not only in the rank and file but also among the elder body. It was a stepping off point for several families.
The argument made was, why should one person benefit from congregation funds for an emergency when nobody else can or has?
It was a good one. Many families were struggling severely and some with health issues. They did not receive the same favor or outreach.
Was this bending the accounting rules? Or were they more relaxed then? Anybody else ever see something similar happen with congregation funds?