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. A church that doesn’t need financial support is a church that isn’t 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.
Here’s the good news … with the right perspective, every church leader can overcome some of the fear and awkwardness of talking about money and generosity with church members.
Four beliefs that directly affect your church’s generosity
Are you ready to develop a perspective that will help you gain confidence in engaging church members about giving? Here are four beliefs that will directly affect the way you lead church members to live more generous lives.
- Knowing when people give is the first step to increasing generosity. Giving may be one of the strongest indicators of life change in the heart of a disciple. Giving habits show commitment. If a church member suddenly stops giving or decreases their giving dramatically, it could be a sign of financial hardship or an early warning sign they might be disengaging with your church. Track giving and use technology to discern trends in your church’s giving.
- Increasing generosity requires a balance of intuition and information. Church leaders who lean too heavily on intuition risk leading their church down a dangerous financial path. Church leaders who lean too heavily on information sometimes fail to act. You have more insight into their members’ giving habits than you might realize, but it requires a process to collect, organize, report, and act on that data.
- Increasing generosity doesn’t ‘just happen’. It requires a strategy and a process. This occurs through cultivating relationships with givers, leveraging technology to learn about your church members’ generosity, making a plan based on your reports, and cultivating a generosity blueprint within your church’s process for ministry engagement.
- Increasing generosity is just as much about managing people as money. The typical church only emphasizes the financial aspect of their church giving efforts and forgets about the ‘donor’ angle. You have to do both well, and that means realizing that they are completely separate strategies.
A financially flourishing church does not happen by accident. Leadership needs to know what is happening with tithes and offerings. Decisions need to be based not only on intuition but also information. A strategy must be put in place. And people need their hearts shepherded as well as their pockets.
Are these concepts new to you? Have you stopped to consider what needs to happen in order to have a flourishing ministry of stewardship?