Many of us grew up in churches where pastors talked about money all the time; or at least it seemed like it. As a result, the seeker churches intentionally kept away from any kind of talk about finances. This was until they realized they had to fund their fast growing ministries. Thus money became a utilitarian topic. The topic of money often needed a pretext; we need a new building, we are behind budget and the likes.
Now the pioneering churches are taking a different approach with a much deeper reason behind the focus of finances. Church leaders are having this talk now by taking the "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also; I am your pastor and so I am concerned about your heart, so let's talk money" approach.
Church leaders and pastors are finally making the connection that a generous heart belongs to a mature believer. They just can't ignore the topic anymore.
Andy Stanley, lead pastor of North Point Church, has popularized a statement that sums it up: "We talk about money, not because of what we want from you, but because of what we want for you." This is something a teacher can't fake.
Leaders have a new understanding of generosity and they are teaching it to their congregations in a way that impacts their hearts and souls. They are also creating new strategies to help support different forms of generosity in their churches.
Are you and your church part of this movement? Or do you still find it difficult to have the "money talk"? At Generis, we have partnered with over 3,500 faith-based ministries to raise almost $7 Billion for Kingdom expansion since 1989. We are passionate about what we do and would love to have a conversation about how we can help you make your God-sized vision become a reality.