Most pastors hate to talk about money. People also don’t like to hear pastors talk about money. Yet, money is a huge issue in people’s lives. They mismanage it, get divorced because of it and it often ruins their lives.
The reality for churches and pastors is:
There is a direct correlation between giving in a church and vision.
I was talking with some pastor’s the other day and the question of how to increase giving in a church came up.
Now, if you aren’t a pastor you may think this a coarse conversation to have. Why would a pastor want giving to go up? The reason is simple:
- Giving is a heart issue. Jesus said as much in Matthew 6:21. If giving goes down, it shows that the heart of the people in the church aren’t there, their passion and worship is somewhere else besides Jesus.
- It shows that they might need to hear solid, biblical teaching on the topic.
- It shows buy-in.
It was this last reason that struck me as I thought about.
While churches can increase giving and generosity by having a giving challenge (you can listen to me here giving our last giving challenge), or teaching on giving (which many pastors need to start doing).
What many churches need do a better job at is communicating a compelling vision. When the giving at Revolution has gone down it has been during the seasons where our vision was cloudy or if felt like our vision wasn’t going anywhere.
Tell stories. Show how your church is winning. Talk about how your vision is happening. Make videos, show people it is happening.
People want to be generous, they want to be part of something that is winning, something that is going somewhere.