Stewardship Is a Pastor’s Responsibility

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Let me ask you a question. Is the senior pastor the spiritual leader of the congregation? Without question, the answer is “yes.” Then let me ask another question. Is giving a spiritual discipline? Again, the answer is “yes.” Giving is an act of worship. The Bible tells us to give. Giving is a part of being a disciple. If the pastor’s job is to raise up disciples, can he be said to be effectively doing his job if he neglects stewardship? Could it be that one reason giving continues to decline year after year is that pastors are neglecting this key area of responsibility?

It is easy to say that stewardship is a pastor’s responsibility. But what exactly does that mean? Here are some key thoughts about the pastor’s role in stewardship.

The pastor needs to be at the forefront of all stewardship discussions and planning. Not long ago I had a pastor tell me that his lay leaders would take care of reviewing the financial data of his church. Seriously? Are you too busy, too lazy, or simply too disconnected to see how important stewardship is to your church? Why would you even not want to be at the table when stewardship is reviewed and planned for? When a pastor is not at the table when stewardship is discussed, it tells me he truly is not the leader of his church.

The pastor sets the tone of stewardship for his church. The platform or pulpit defines the pastor. From here he communicates his vision, his passion, and his heart. What is important to him gets preached on and highlighted from the platform. If you never preach on stewardship, then what are you saying to your members? If stewardship is never mentioned by the pastor, his church will soon struggle to make ends meet. Jesus talked more about money and possessions than any other thing. Preachers who want to be like Jesus will do likewise.

George Barna, in his book How to Increase Giving in Your Church, found that churches in which pastors preach:

  • Single messages about giving raise more money than do churches in which no stewardship takes place.
  • Two or more nonconsecutive messages do not have any advantage over churches that only preach on stewardship once a year.
  • Two or more consecutive messages about stewardship raise more money than do those churches that only hear one message a year.
  • Two or more consecutive messages about stewardship matters raise significantly more money than churches that hear two or more nonconsecutive stewardship messages.
  • A series on giving is nearly two and a half times more likely to experience an increase in giving than preachers who only talk about stewardship once a year or on two nonconsecutive times in a year.

The bottom line is that the more you preach on stewardship, the more dollars you will raise. Don’t shy away from preaching on stewardship. The challenge is to do so effectively.

Learn how to effectively communicate stewardship in your church, and you will raise the funds needed to fuel ministry. There is no one else in the congregation equipped to do stewardship like the pastor. Pastors who lead in the area of stewardship are the pastors who have the funds to do what God lays on their hearts. Be that kind of pastor.

 

Source: The Charis Group


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About Mark Brooks

A prolific writer Mark Brooks has written several print books with “Turbo Charge Your Giving: How To Raise Money in Any Economy,” as his most recent. He has also written several e-books such as “Elevator Pitch Your Offerings,” a one year plan for short stewardship messages. Mark can be found on Twitter as @StewardshipMan. His blog post “The Stewardship Coach,” contains helpful advice on a wide variety of stewardship issues. Mark is the founder and president of The Charis Group.

  • Scott

    I agree that preachers should preach on stewardship.  I disagree with your assumed model of leadership.  There is no such animal in the Bible as the senior pastor who is the (single) spiritual leader of a church.  Articles like this place unreasonable demands on one man that biblically are to be shared by a team of elders.  The arguments you are making regarding stewardship are the same made by others regarding: missions, men’s ministry, family ministry, local evangelism, social justice, etc.

  • Beaver

    I think too much emphasis can be placed on the Pastor being the spiritual leader of the church with the result a certain amount of hesitation and dormancy can creep in among members. A church can be in danger of becoming a spectator activity if members can’t say: “The Lord is my Shepherd”, and “We are the sheep of His pasture”.  Thank God for every humble believer in the congregation who leads by setting an example in prayer, in Bible study, in fishing for souls and in sharing the fruit of the Spirit with others. “Follow Me”, said Jesus.

  • Phillip Stuller

    Great column/post.  I definitely think and believe that the pastor is the model of authenticity and realistic stewardship for any church.  In my experience it is greatly important in these messages that the vision that God has given the pastor for that community of believers.  This of course brings us back to your point of the pastor being the spiritual leader of a church and requiring him/her to dream and realize the passions of God for the community in which he has been placed.  Awesome points and great reminder. Thanks

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