Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #4

This is the fourth installment of my series on questions church stewardship leaders should be asking.  Leaders want solutions. They recognize a problem and invite corrective measures for undesirable progress. In recent years, church leadership has operated with the same mindset when dealing with the development of congregational stewardship ministry. Leaders want solutions for the flat giving. They want ideas to change the entire stewardship system.

Ideas aren’t always helpful. If a leader lacks the right mental focus or level of commitment, ideas tend to fall into an abyss.  For the ideas to work, change needs to make its way into the leadership.  When leaders change the way they think and the way they assess the problems, the beginning of a new congregational stewardship ministry can begin.

How do leaders face authentic assessment?  They face good questions. Questions travel to places of the heart and mind that advice doesn’t.  Good, thought-provoking questions can lead the leader to a new understanding of him or herself, God, the congregation, and those dreaded discussions about budgets and giving.

For two more days, I will share a question per day to spur on a new mindset for stewardship leaders. The week’s previous three questions can be found on my blog.

Question 4:

Do you believe fundraising is a spiritual exercise? Whether they admit it or not, most church members and pastors are afraid of asking a church member to give money to the church community.   They fear:

  • being offensive,
  • being rejected, or
  • being labeled as one of those “stewardship” team members.

Each of those things might happen and have happened during the course of church fundraising.  And the more you fundraise, the more these things will occur.  Still, the overall exercise is worth the investment of time and effort.  Here are three reasons to embrace fundraising as a spiritual act that will help your church community flourish:

  • Fundraising deepens relationships.
  • Fundraising provides the opportunity to tell the story of how the church community can do more good works of the kingdom.
  • Fundraising challenges community members to redirect some of their resources to support the church mission and ministries.

Fundraising matters.  Don’t be afraid of it.  Think of it as a gift and an opportunity to invest time in your community relationships and your spiritual journey.

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