The Bible offers about 500 verses each on prayer and faith, but nearly 2,000 on money-related topics. The Bible and Money Money is a spiritual issue. But money can also be the cause of pain.
Assessment Myths about Giving
People don’t want to give
If we help people, they will generously give to the church
When the economy is down, we can’t expect people to give
All we need to do is teach the Bible and pray
If we urge people to give, they’ll get angry
NOT AT ALL SOMEWHAT MOSTLY Do we believe this?
God owns everything
God’s people are his managers
Stewardship is responsibility with accountability
Good stewardship demands a commitment to others
Stewardship has eternal consequences
“ Orient your life around fulfillment of what matters most. Since you can’t have everything, use your money to buy things that have the most meaning. “
“ Baptism – needs to include the wallet too!”
The Discipleship of Stewardship
1. Underlying motivation
Raising disciples, not dollars
“How you spend money is spiritual” Ray Linder
“Where your heart is there your treasure is also.” Matthew 6:21
Did Jesus say this? What did He mean?
2. Issues for new churches
Young families: typically in debt & need to learn life management.
Unchurched: no habit of giving. Need to be taught and brought along.
IE need more people in order to support the budget
Discipleship of Stewardship
The path of least resistance will generate the least income, will help people grow the least, and undermine future ministry and mission growth.
3. Reality Check: $100,000
Church must be at
200 people with $500/capita/yr
143 people with $700/capita/yr
100 people with $1000/capita/yr
Note: Ave in existing EC churches is $1800+/capita/yr
Discipleship of Stewardship
Set a stewardship culture from day 1
Cover expectations in membership classes
Use the offering to: teach on stewardship, share the missional impact of the church, THANK people, help them see it as WORSHIP!
Teach on it as a spiritual discipleship growth issue (model: the pastor needs to tithe as well)
Teach whole-life stewardship over several weeks so people know it’s more than giving $
“ That was the best sermon on giving I’ve ever heard.”
Have a Vision that inspires & a Mission that incarnates your vision!
Build your budget to incarnate your Mission! Be realistic. Possibly 2 budgets.
Work on the Income Side: and appeal to the different ‘pockets’ of givers.
Communicate with your givers: 1 st time, quarterly statements, year-end special and year-end statement and thanks.
8 Steps to a Stewardship Plan 1 2 3 4
5. Teach children the importance of giving
8 Steps to a Stewardship Plan 8 7 6 5
Teach stewardship to members –
as whole-life discipleship.
7. Plan a stewardship month 6. Use the offering to teach, thank people, and worship God!
Whole-Life Stewardship of Time, Talent, Testimony & Treasure
Help people commit to “whole-life” stewardship annually as God leads
Find a way (even starting in Preview Stage) for people to serve according to their gifts through 4+ Ministry Teams
Biblical, Devotional, Missional, Connectional
Worship, Children, Small Groups, Assimilation (& Evangelism)
EG: you can have a Launch Team meeting where you cast the vision, then break into ministry teams… This shares the ministry + sets the DNA from the start.
Discipleship of Stewardship
Use appeals as a way to help people begin
Develop an end-of-year strategy
Find a way to communicate church giving trends in a biblical way (see next slide)
Help people see where they are and ask them if God would have them take the “next step”
Help people understand how the biblical principle of tithing can help raise much more for the kingdom. Help them set a goal of increasing by 1% a year until they get to the tithe – not as a legalism, but as a way to grow in their faith.
C3 Annual Health Survey ( you could do this as 4-T’s, or the 4 ‘Al’s,’ or 5 ‘G’s.’ or your core values) At C3 we are concerned with your health and the health of our ministry. We realize that setting regular goals is a necessity in achieving this health. Therefore, annually as a renewal of you membership, you will be asked to prayerfully evaluate the previous year while setting goals for the next. Be as specific as possible, realizing that we are under grace , not the law! Spiritually – Where do I hope to grow spiritually? What spiritually disciplines would I like to begin or further pursue? What will this look like? (i.e. begin a daily time with God using a devotional I picked up at C3)
C3 Annual Health Survey
Emotionally – Where do I need to grow emotionally? What do I need to get under control? What do I need to release? What steps will I take? (i.e. get my anger under control by seeing a counselor)
Relationally – Who do I think I need to grow in relationship with? What relationship/s are in need of healing? How will I pursue these? Am I committing enough time to my family? (i.e. to befriend my next door neighbor by inviting them over for Monday Night Football, forgive my dad, I will take my kids out to breakfast once a month.)
Service - What is God calling me to participate in? What ministry will I commit to as my primary ministry? Where will I help out? (i.e. I will be a leader in an ALPHA course and I will help monthly in the kids ministry) Giving - I realize that financially giving is also a part of partnership. I believe my Tithe (10%) will be and I hope to give above and beyond this to other ministries in the amount of . MINISTRIES AMOUNT
Sample Budget for a New Church: INCOME: Core Group $34,000 New Attenders $ 6,000 Appropriation $50,000 Special Gifts $ 5,000 $95,000 EXPENSES: Salary (includes FICA & housing allowance) $48,000 Health Insurance $14,000 Pension (12.5% of salary) $ 6,000 Auto Reimbursement (8,500 mi at $.44/mi) $ 3,783 Church/Pastor Cell Phone $ 840 Office Equipment $ 1,000 Office Rent FCC Office Supplies $ 600 Utilities FCC Facility Rental FCC Christian Education & Children’s Ministries $ 2,000 Music $ 1,400 Launch Expenses $ 7,000 Pastor’s Continuing Education $ 1,000 Pastors Conferences $ 2,000 Mission Giving – ECC (10% of local giving)* $ 3,000 Mission Giving – GLC (5.5% of local giving)* $ 1,750 $92,373