Challenge Others Toward Godly Stewardship – Pastor’s Financial Life: Part 5 of 5

Today, I’m wrapping up my five-part miniseries on the pastor’s financial life. I want to conclude by asking you to make this fourth and final commitment:

4 – I commit to challenging others toward Godly stewardship.

Most pastors make the mistake of being too timid in the area of stewardship. We aren’t afraid to challenge our congregations on many other aspects of their spiritual growth, but we often shrink back from discussions of money. Please don’t let this be true of you.

The Bible speaks so frequently about stewardship that we just can’t ignore the subject with our people. And the fact is, once you’ve made the other commitments we’ve discussed over the last week, you’ll have the moral authority to address stewardship head on.  With this moral authority and Biblical imperative, there’s no reason you need to shy away from challenging your congregation to:

– Make a commitment to being debt free for the rest of their lives.
– Make a commitment to always giving more than a tithe.
– Make a commitment to living out Biblical stewardship.

If you missed the earlier installments of this “Pastor’s Financial Life” miniseries, use these links to check them out:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

I hope you have found this miniseries both challenging and encouraging. Let’s all commit to leading the Stewardship charge in our churches.


P.S. Today is the last chance to take me up on my offer to receive a free copy of my resource “Debt Free Pastor: Free Yourself to Lead Your Church.” Just email with the subject line “Debt Free Pastor” and we’ll send you a free download.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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