Preaching on giving IS NOT like Peeing on an Electric Fence

I decided that every tenth post/video would be on Stewardship Education. I realize that the title of this post and the picture probably don’t make you think, “I bet this an educational video.” One thing I run into over and over again is pastors and church leaders being afraid of preaching on money, giving, and stewardship. It’s almost always churches that struggle financially that are afraid to talk about giving…because it might hurt their finances. You never hear this from a church that is financially strong. They don’t see the connection between their financial struggles and their avoidance of teaching on money and giving.

I’m convinced that these leaders, while trying not to appear greedy or money grubbing, are robbing their church. They are robbing their churches in two ways: 1)their church will be robbed of the resources to better carry out the mission; and 2)their people will be robbed of much joy and closeness to Jesus that comes from being able to trust the Lord with your finances. This video delves into it more:


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How to win as a Finance Committee

This was from a training that I did in the Fall of 2019 for United Methodist churches in Southeastern South Dakota. While most finance committees focus on reviewing reports and looking at cutting expenses, some are making a huge impact in helping their churches succeed. They are growing the church’s income, improving operations/decision making, and much more.

How are they making such an impact? The gist is, they staff the finance committee with the right people and set goals. It’s not that complex. I also give some ideas on how to fix the income problem, reporting, auditing, and budgeting. Enjoy!


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The Art of the Ask

The Finance Committee is often the least appreciated committee in the church. Pastors and program staff/committees complain because the Finance Committee is always quick to raise concerns. But here’s the deal, the Finance Committee is like the brakes, and the Programs/Pastors are like the gas pedal. Just try driving a car without a brake AND gas pedal.

For people going onto the Finance Committee, they need to have a strong understanding of the church’s vision. That should be the primary qualification…not banking or accounting experience. The Finance Committee should also have goals for how they are helping the church fulfill that vision.

Sheri Meister and I walk through ideas on how to make your church’s Finance Committee beloved instead of berated.


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