Dear Mighty Pastor,
Before I get into today's encouragement topic, here is the link for info for the leaders conference I am doing with Michael Brodeur in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 19-21. It is going to be a GREAT conference for all leaders, especially church leaders and their teams.
Okay, then let's get to the topic at hand. What is it that many pastors feel they need to walk on egg shells when speaking about? It is money. I used to have this problem, but then the Lord instilled in me the following beliefs and core values that helped me overcome this hesitancy:
- One of the greatest things a church leader can do is help their people be successful in finances.
- Pastors are to believe it would be dumb not to believe their ministry was good soil for people to sow financial seed.
- People will be motivated to give to a big vision, but not so much to need.
Here is a core value from Help! I Am a Pastor: I equip those I lead to be financially successful so they can be trusted with true spiritual riches – Our ministry trains people to be successful in every area of life, including finances. I believe the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 implies every person is endowed with the ability to increase, and Luke 16:11 reveals healthy financial stewardship is the “kindergarten” of being able to receive true spiritual riches. Our church offers necessary training to help people budget, get out of debt, learn how to give consistently, build wealth, and succeed in business and the workplace.
Supporting verses: Luke 16:11, Deuteronomy 8:18