Why it's important to talk about money and what to consider when budgeting.
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Introduction: Money is a challenge and gift. It’s an issue that causes many struggles, whether you are blessed with much or little. How can churches communicate God’s design for money to their worshipers?
- Many pastors do not feel comfortable talking about money in their church. There is a negative perception around church finances. Some people think, “Money is all churches want!”
- Pastors don’t want to take advantage of the pulpit to ask for money. They want giving to be about the heart.
- God talks about his design for money in Scripture. There are over 2,000 verses about money, possessions, and stewardship. God designed us with a direct tie between our finances and our hearts.
- Pastors: Don’t just talk about money in a series; weave the topic throughout the entire year.
- Talk about money especially if you’re talking about marriage.
- People give more money to nonprofits than they give to the church. Research shows this is because nonprofits clearly talk about their mission. Does your church do this?
- Talk about money at your church:
- Know your mission and talk about it frequently!
- Make sure the congregation is aware of the goals the church is going after.
- Connect mission with generosity. Talk about mission right before offering. Use three steps:
- Talk about the mission.
- Tell a story that ties to the mission.
- Tie the act of giving to the story.
- The church budget is a blueprint for mission. It needs to change from year to year.
- Everybody should be on board with the church budget, especially staff members. Not all ministries will get the same financial resources and some areas may have to sacrifice a portion of their budget so the church’s mission can advance.
- Have you ever talked about finances during Sunday services? Why or why not?
- In three sentences or less, explain the connection between your church’s finances and one of your church goals for 2020.