Financial stewardship classes are becoming the norm at churches throughout the country, and not just when there’s a building campaign going on or in order to foster greater generosity. There’s a growing recognition that money is a central factor in a person’s life of faith, impacting their relationship with God, their marriage, their parenting, and so much more.
Offering such classes—whether they’re about getting out of debt or developing a comprehensive biblical approach to money management—is an important way that churches help their people grow as Christ-followers. Equally important is how the church manages its own finances, because that serves as a model that’s more visible and impactful than you may realize. Here are some suggestions, which apply not just to church leaders but to leaders of other Christian ministries as well.
1. Be transparent. For many people, money is a tough subject. Mix it in with church and you have a recipe for much misunderstanding. Perhaps they grew up in a church that only talked about money when it needed to raise more money, and it always seemed to be in need of raising more money.
What to do? Be open about your finances. Some churches list their weekly budget in the Sunday bulletin, along with the most recent week’s tithes and offerings. Others give an annual report to the church body, providing more details.
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