There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
In traditional thinking, perhaps the only thing worse than hearing about money at church is preaching about it. (Was that my imagination, or did I just hear a chorus of “Amen”?) More often than not, pastors cringe when the fall “stewardship series” rolls around--its accompanying drops in attendance and “all-they-ever-talk-about-is-money” criticisms sucking the life right out of them.
Notice, though, the three words that began this post: in traditional thinking. By default, many pastors tend to approach the topic of money with fear and trembling, inadvertently reinforcing the “Oh great, it’s the money series” attitude among their church family. Is that where you are? Are you timid when it comes to those money messages? Are you even teaching about it at all?
Here’s the problem: In traditional thinking, pastors approach the topic of money from the church’s perspective: Here’s what we need from you. Sure, some people will give because the church needs it. Some people may even give cheerfully because the church needs it. But you don’t want only some of your people to experience generosity . . . right? Read more »