Five Critical Questions in Five Days for Church Stewardship Leaders – #5

This is the fifth and final 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.

My last question of this week is to help spur on a new mindset for stewardship leaders. The week’s previous four questions can be found on my blog.

Question 5:

What are you grateful for?  Gratitude is at the heart of Christian generosity.  We give in response to the grace of God.  I would also suggest that gratitude be one of the primary reasons one decides to serve on a stewardship committee.  In the absence of gratitude, the job can become anxious and all about the numbers.  Gratitude keeps the work centered on God’s ongoing faithfulness and the truth that the world belongs to God, not to us.  The work of stewardship ministry is given to us by God, as a way for us to join him in his work of fostering more generosity and care in our world.

Are you grateful for the opportunity to participate in God’s work?  Do you believe the work of stewardship ministry to be an important ministry to God?  I hope so.  I hope you can reach the place where a gratitude to work with God becomes the prevailing undercurrent rather than a desire to simply raise more funds.

Be grateful.  This is what it means to be a leader in stewardship ministry.  Do everything in response to God’s grace.  Give your money and your acts of leadership in response to God’s grace.

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