How Your Church Can Shape The Money Culture
“Every time I hear a pastor bring up money, they’re always asking me to give.”
If you’re involved in ministry, you’re all too used to hearing this type of stereotype on the church. Unfortunately, these are words that I recently heard from someone frustrated with their church experience. Incidentally, a lot of people are going to agree or disagree with that statement. But I think there is something that most can agree on: finance is not a deeply explored topic in the church.
This week, I want to explore the idea that churches can have fired up individuals who WANT to talk about money. Otherwise, we’re going to miss a lot of people struggling with their finances. Considering Canada’s increasing financial pressure, here are some suggestions that I think every church should explore and pray about.
Disclaimer: These suggestions aren’t centered around how to help people save the most on their taxes or give complicated investment advice. Rather, this is about the foundational principles about good money management. This means anyone can do it, and it’s important for everybody.
1. Your Church Should Talk About Money
If you’re a Christian, you’ve probably heard Bible passages about generosity and greed. However, not a lot of people dive into what it means to handle money well. We talk a lot about improving as a Christian, friend, parent, employee, volunteer, child, sibling, and so much more. However, not a lot of churches talk about how to get better at handling money.
Now, pastors and church members don’t need to be financial experts. However, I think that Christians have an incredible purpose to make the most of the mission God has given them. Since we talk a lot about the heart we have behind our financial decisions, we should also talk about financial wisdom too.
2. Your Church Should Provide Education
Over the past few years, there’s an increasing amount of Canadians struggling with their finances. Unfortunately, the problems are only getting worse. My heart’s desire is to see churches lead their people to a better financial state. If the community could turn to their local church for Godly wisdom and practical help, I think Christians could connect with people who are neck-deep in financial stress.
Having said that, I think a financial program is something every church should consider. Not only will it give people the financial wisdom they need to lead their money, but it will also help them focus on the things that matter most to them. And the things that matter most will always open conversations about the important things in life, namely their relationship with Jesus.
Now, I’m not saying that financial courses are absolutely necessary to provide education. For your church, there might be more effective methods like having online resources, someone to contact, a sermon series, or a small group study. Financial education is a ministry that every church should think and pray about.
3. Your Church Should Create Community
As helpful as courses, programs, and events are, there is one problem: the courses end, but financial problems don’t. I think there is a significant amount of churches that can create ongoing communities centered on practical financial management from a Christian perspective. Having said that, this could be a great or terrible idea; it isn’t a suggestion that I have seen tried and tested. However, people need to stay motivated with their financial situation. It may be worth a shot, and it’s something I’d like to see happen.
In the end, churches should always be focused on spreading the love of Jesus. There is no replacement for the Gospel and our need for a Savior. I want these suggestions to encourage churches to think more about how they can help their communities, and money is an area that is becoming increasingly more important in the daily lives of Canadians.
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