Communicating Your Theology of Financial Stewardship

Steve StroopeToday’s blog comes to us from my friend and stewardship mentor Steve Stroope as an excerpt from his book, Money Matters in Church: A Practical Guide for Leaders. Steve is lead pastor of the multi-campus Lake Pointe Church near Dallas, Texas. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown from 57 members in 1980 to a current attendance of more than 11,000. Steve will be joining me as a speaker at the Church Systems Check-Up and Boot Camp this summer (see the PS for more details).

By Steve Stroope

Pastors must know and be able to communicate to their congregation a theology of financial stewardship. Developing and knowing what the Bible teaches on this topic isn’t enough. Church leaders must communicate that knowledge to their people, so all can apply its truth to their lives.

After you have developed your theology of financial stewardship, it will serve as a rich reservoir for communicating vital financial truth to your people.

When we refer to communicating the theology, we are referring primarily to the church’s preaching and teaching ministry. The pastor is responsible to see that this communication takes place. However, this teaching must not end with him. The pastor is also responsible to see that others in the ministry communicate these truths as well. This would include those on pastoral staff, any governing board, and the church’s lay leadership, especially its teachers.

unnamedThis assumes that all are in basic agreement with the pastor’s theology of finances. It’s futile to expect that all will agree on every point, but it is important that all agree on what is prescriptive and clearly mandated by the Bible, such as the remuneration of pastors, generous giving, and so on. Since the pastor is the primary leader of the church and its key teacher, we believe that others leaders should defer to him and his direction for the church.

There are two basic ways to communicate your theology of finances. The first is informally. In informal conversation you can tell others what you believe. This is an effective way of communicating truth and may make more of an impression than the same message given in a more formal spoken or written format.

There are times, however, when formal communication is necessary. Formal settings in which you can communicate to the church the theology of financial stewardship include sermons, Sunday school or adult Bible fellowships (ABFs), small groups, new member classes, counseling sessions, workshops, seminars, town hall meetings, letters from the pastor, and church newsletters.

Excerpt from Money Matters in Church: A Practical Guide for Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs and Steve Stroope

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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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