September 3, 2015—Is your church preparing for your stewardship campaign? Remember this: When you provide leadership in stewardship at church, you do essential work. You help people connect their money and their faith. Both money and faith are part of everyday life, and bringing them together is one of the most vital connections in the spiritual life. It took me a long time to learn this lesson and to embrace this part of ministry.
You don’t need to be anxious, defensive about asking people to give. Nor do you need to dread it. In fact, it is possible to learn to love it.
Stewardship is a spiritual opportunity for you and for your people. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Here are three reasons to love asking people to give:
What would you add to this list? What ways have you found to love asking people to give?
Margaret Marcuson helps clergy and church leaders find their vision and fund their future. Margaret is the author of Leaders who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry and Money and Your Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance. An American Baptist minister, Margaret was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts for 13 years. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Get the free mini-course “Five Ways to Prevent Burnout in Ministry” at www.margaretmarcuson.com. This post was originally published here.
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