No one likes to talk about money. Even fewer people like to ask people for money. But as church leaders it comes with the territory.
You may find yourself in a place where you need to remind your church why you are asking for their generosity in the first place. Recently, Don Linscott of Generis wrote a startlingly candid post on ChurchLeaders.com about why he hopes his church is always in need of more funding. Just like raising and providing for a child, financially supporting the church ought to be viewed as a beautiful responsibility. However, as church leaders, we must continually remind the people God places in our midst about that responsibility and why it matters.
During drab economic times, people are more skeptical than ever about donating their finances to the church. Liscott’s poignant post serves as a reminder that any growing, thriving organization is always in need of more help. The church who doesn’t need financial support is a church that is not moving forward in ministry. It’s time to rethink what we, in error, tend to view as “sacrifices” and remember that it is an honor to support a growing church with our finances, especially when that growth is changing lives.
So what do you think? When it comes to generosity, where is the line between skeptical and responsible?