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

Last week we learned how important it is to 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. These two final steps should prove helpful in your pursuit of financial success for your church.

Stewardship Testimonies — Two Times Per Year:
Let your people hear from someone in the church who has struggled with finances and has seen the blessings that come with deciding to honor God despite the struggle. I suggest scheduling short stewardship testimonies at least two times every year.

Giving Challenges — Two Times Per Year:
Human being are wired to respond to challenges. One of the most effective ways to lead your people to give is to boldly challenge them to start giving. I suggest putting forth giving challenges at least twice every year.

You should get periodic reports on the financial status of the church. Make sure you know your weekly, monthly and quarterly budget needs and how giving is matching up to those. Don’t step back and let others lead in this area just because it may make you a little uncomfortable. You don’t have to run everything, but you do have to take the lead in discipling your people toward stewardship and stay involved in the details.

The number one reason pastors are afraid to step up and take a leadership role when it comes to money is that they don’t have personal integrity with their own. The first step to being able to lead your church financially is getting your own finances in order. If you aren’t faithfully tithing, start. Make a decision to get out of debt and begin living within your means. When you are honoring God’s plan for your money, you will be better able to lead your people into doing the same.

Click here to read part 1 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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