Leadership

2 Sermons on Giving Your Church Must Hear

Leadership

2 Sermons on Giving Your Church Must Hear

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.

#1. God is a Giver

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.

#2. You were made for stewardship

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.

Your turn

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.

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

01
Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
02
Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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2 Sermons on Giving Your Church Must Hear

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