How Churches Spend, Why They Stagnate, and What They Do to Grow
This week on Modern Church Leader, we talked through the struggles churches are facing with spending money, making changes and digital limitations.
July 10, 2020
Talking about money is never easy. It hits close to home for most people.
June 13, 2017
Talking about money is never easy.
It hits close to home for most people.
How much money people make, how they choose to spend it, and how much they give are personal matters. Besides, many people believe that church leaders talk too often about money. So, when the topic of money is discussed, people in your church may feel like they’re in the middle of a Sunday morning stickup: “Give me God your money!”
But this not a reason for you to ignore the topic of money.
Stewardship is arguably one of the most important aspects of the Christian life. As we mentioned before, Jesus spoke more often about money than he did prayer and faith combined. Money has been an issue for people throughout history. The need for money, stewarding it well, and the temptations money creates will continue until Jesus returns. As a church leader, it’s important to help the people you serve to learn how to steward their resources well.
Below are two sermons on giving your church must here. There are many topics related to money and stewardship you can discuss, but your church must hear the two messages below.
Now, as an aside, it’s important to keep in mind the sensitivities the members of your church have about money, as well as the concerns non-members and non-Christians. This way you can empathize with their concerns, and overcome their objections.
God himself is the embodiment of giving.
He gives us life.
He provides for us.
And he gives us eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
As a church leader, your primary goal is to lead people to Jesus.
Jesus is a giver. He left the comforts and glory of heaven to live for us, to die for us, and to rise from death in victory over sin and the grave. This is what led Paul to write, “For you now the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
Lead your people to Jesus. It is through faith in him that they will be transformed into generous givers. Unless the people of your church have placed their faith in him, then they will not be transformed into generous disciples.
Consistently preach the gospel. Remind people that Jesus has given them life. For it his grace that will empower them to become better stewards of what God has given them.
Luke 19:1–10 is an excellent passage to preach from for this lesson. This passage shares the transformation Zacchaeus went through when he met Jesus who transformed him into a generous man.
God owns everything (Gen. 1; Job 41:11; 1 Tim. 4:3–5).
Our entire life is on loan from him. In the words of Paul to Timothy, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Tim. 6:7).
God calls us to manage what he created (Gen. 1:28; 2:15). This is nothing to bat an eye at. This is an important call each and every single one of us receives from God.
This easy to forget.
Life has a way of distracting us. From day-to-day tasks, working long hours, to unexpected expenses and obligations, it’s easy to get pulled away from fulfilling God’s call of stewardship upon our life. Besides, the presence of sin can easily distort our view from seeing our life and belongings as God’s to our own. This is a subtle, yet dangerous shift.
As a disciple of Christ (Matt. 28:18–20), how you live your life, manage your time, and handle your finances is a significant part of living the Christian life.
There are many excellent passages from the Bible you can use to teach your congregation about stewardship, such as Gen 1:26–28 and 2:15, Leviticus 25:23, and Luke 16:10–12. Encourage the people of your church to audit their life, see how they are managing their time and money, and what changes they need to make in living for the glory of God.
Preaching about giving and stewardship is difficult. It will always be uncomfortable handling the sensitivities of your congregation. But as you step into preaching on this topic, understand that you are serving your people well in living the Christian life.
Lead them to Jesus. Share the gracious giving nature of God. And help them to see that their entire life is to be lived to the glory of God.