Podcast Episode #147
We cover a few guidelines on dealing with giving in the church, who needs to know what, and how to assess current and potential leaders as it pertains to financial stewardship. Also, don’t miss the story about the “budget pledge wall” at a church I once spoke at.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Violating the confidentiality of the giving records of church members is almost always grounds for dismissal.
- Too often, church members put stipulations on their giving to try to gain influence.
- Someone should not be an elder or deacon if they are not a regular giver of to the church.
- If you’re not a faithful steward financially, you’re not qualified to be a leader in the church.
The six guidelines we cover regarding financial giving and accountability for churches are:
- Financial information should be kept confidential
- Generous giving should be expected from staff, leadership, and members
- Giving should not be used a bargaining chip or for influence or positions in the church
- There must be clear guidelines on the information senior staff can see
- Some churches publish commitments of giving without a dollar amount (just share that a person or family has committed to give)
- Violation of guidelines can destroy trust in the church
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