Over at LeaderWorks, I have been working on a series on Stewardship. Some of the posts have been featured here. But here they all are for your convenience. I will add one more in the next week to help leaders think about this Fall and a Stewardship effort.
But start reading here:
- Stewardship, Giving, and the Third Rail. For some congregations, the topics of stewardship and giving are the third rail of church work. Even though money and giving empowers and enables so much good to happen, many church leaders don’t feel comfortable talking about it. It makes them nervous. They might be shocked! (Find out what to do about it.)
- Habits for a Generous Church. Money feeds momentum. It is a sign of commitment, involvement, trust, hope, and even worship unto the Lord! That is why developing a culture of generosity in every church is vital. It takes time and consistent teaching, honest accounting and communication, and Christian modeling. (Click the title for five ideas.)
- (More) Habits for a Generous Church. Plans should be made even for this Fall to begin to build a generous church. But first, I want to lay out some foundational concepts that should define a biblical approach for the local church. Here are five more ideas to think about…digest…and develop for your congregation. (Click the title for five more.)
- Funny You Said That. Normally, you wouldn’t find a blog post on humor mentioned in a series on Stewardship, Giving, and Generosity. But humor is one of the most effective ways to work through a very sensitive topic for many in the church. Humor opens the heart.
- Telling in Slant. No pastor or preacher should allow the pulpit to become an entertainment venue for jokes and quips. But, a little humor may make an important point a bit easier for some to grasp and accept. (More great (?) humor that softens the heart about stewardship.
- How to Ask for Financial Support. But the pastor/minister should remember that he or she does NOT work on commission, that the funds raised are never garnered for personal gain, and that the Kingdom work has a greater chance of being sustainable with additional money. If the pastor can keep this in mind, asking people for more money might be an easier task.
- Four Essentials for Stewardship this Fall. (Next. Soon.)