Shepherd Your Flock by Teaching Biblical Stewardship Principles: Part 1 of 2

God has put a specific plan in place to resource His church and to lead His people out of financial repression. You carry a large part of the impetus for bringing that plan about.

Teaching your people biblical stewardship principles is part of shepherding them well. You can’t just step back and hope they’ll give. There are specific steps you need to take to help release the strongholds the enemy wants to have on their finances.

Take the lead by educating your people on the biblical basis of stewardship during your weekend service. The majority of your congregation probably has no idea what the Bible says about giving — and many of those who think they do know are misinformed. As long as your people remain ignorant on the topic, they won’t have a fair opportunity to grow into godly stewards — or into fully developing disciples, for that matter. You can spearhead the charge by teaching on stewardship, incorporating stewardship testimonies into your services, and issuing giving challenges.

Adopt the same boldness Jesus had in teaching on money and possessions. He understood that a person’s heart is tied directly to his or her checkbook. I suggest teaching on stewardship at least four times every year. Here are two crucial dates to get started:

  • Mid to Late January — Your people will be recovering from the Christmas rush. Bills will be coming in. This is the perfect time to teach on issues of budgeting, debt and how to get your financial house in order.
  • Right After Back-to-School — The beginning of the school year is the other natural period when people pause to reorganize their lives. Make sure you plan the teaching for a week or two after everyone gets into the swing of the fall schedule so that the majority of your regular attenders will be there.

The other two stewardship Sundays during the year are up to your discretion. I usually like to do something around Easter and then revisit the topic over the summer. Feel out what works best with the flow of your calendar. What’s most important is not when you preach on money, but that you take the lead and do it.

Check back next week for part 2 of this series.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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