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A vital step toward healthy stewardship ministry is an ongoing Biblical conversation about money and possessions. Presentation By Chick Lane. To talk about money is to be faithful to scripture.

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A vital step toward healthy stewardship ministry is an ongoing Biblical conversation about money and possessions.

Presentation By Chick Lane

to talk about money is to be faithful to scripture
To talk about money is to be faithful to scripture.
  • Mark Allen Powell joked that when people tell him that the church talks too much about money, he replies, “You think I talk a lot about money, wait until you meet Jesus!” - from Rolf Jacobson, “Rethinking Stewardship: An Introduction”
  • “Based on the evidence from the New Testament, the two most significant issues facing the early church were the relationship between Jews and Gentiles as the people of God, and the faithful use of wealth and possessions.” – Audrey West
talk about money will strengthen and support god s people
Talk about money will strengthen and support God’s people
  • Talk about various aspects of the intersection of faith and finances
  • Personal finances and spending decisions are as much a part of Christian stewardship as giving to the church.
  • “Congregations need to address the concerns that keep people awake at night.” - Scott Cormode, “Making Spiritual Sense” p. 126
how is it with you and money
How is it with you and money?
  • When you were growing up was money abundant or scarce?
  • When you were growing up how was money discussed in your family?
  • In your family now (however you define that) is money easily discussed?
  • How do you discuss and express generosity?
society s taboo we don t talk about money
Society’s Taboo – We don’t talk about money
  • A childhood story
  • A recent story
  • People bring this taboo with them to church
the church s taboo spiritual business split
The church’s taboo – Spiritual/business split
  • The conspiracy of silence – Loren Mead
  • The pastor on the spiritual side
  • Business leaders on the business side
  • Money talk is always about the “business” life of the congregation
  • Membership/Discipleship Continuum
reality 1 financial houses in disarray
Reality #1 Financial houses in disarray
  • People who know their financial support of the congregation is awful have lots to lose if money is talked about openly and honestly
  • People who try to use money to bully
reality 2 pastors who don t want open and honest money talk
Reality #2 - Pastors who don’t want open and honest money talk
  • The pastor’s financial house is in disarray
  • The pastor’s money bind – Loren Mead
  • Fear that money talk will drive potential members away
some practical applications
Some practical applications
  • What should the pastor know about what people give?
  • What should the people know about what the pastor gives?
  • How involved should the pastor be in the financial life of the congregation?
  • How much of what happens in your congregation around money is really about power and control?