I often teach that “Stewardship is Discipleship” and share the benefits to both your members and your ministry on using a stewardship system to cultivate giving in your church. Today’s guest post addresses this often taboo issue head-on. Brandon A. Cox is the editor of Pastors.com and author of “Rewired: Using Technology to Share God’s Love.”
As a pastor, I’m well aware of how many people have the assumption that “all pastors want to talk about is money.” The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, especially in our culture where personal finances are very… personal.
But the Apostle Paul wrote to a younger Pastor in Ephesus named Timothy once and told him to “Teach and urge these things … there is great gain in godliness with contentment … but those who desire to be rich fall into temptation … for the love of money is the root of all evil. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches” (1 Timothy 5:2-17 ESV).
In other words, good doctrine (which literally means “teaching”) demands that we address the issue of money. Here are several reasons why the church needs to talk about finances …
- How we use money is a matter of worship—it demonstrates our values and what is important to us.
- It is pretty obvious people NEED help in this area—we’re strapped and stressed because of terrible management.
- Generosity is a key value of the Christian life, for the church and for the individual Christian.
- Money needs to serve the needs of man and the causes of justice, rather than man serving under the tyranny of money.
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