The Good Sense Movement is committed to helping churches, ministries, organizations, and families teach, train and support their people regarding biblical financial stewardship.
We believe the best way to deliver this is through a year-round stewardship ministry or program consisting of courses, workshops and learning experiences. By launching a year-round stewardship ministry or program, you are joining the spiritual battle between God and money. You’re giving participants the biblical instruction and the practical tools to manage their finances in a God-honoring way – regardless of where they currently are in their stewardship journey!
What do you need in order to get started? Read on for a summary of Dick Towner’s explanation of the 5 keys, which he developed using over 50 years of stewardship ministry involvement and interaction with many stewardship leaders.
5 Keys to Starting a Financial Stewardship Ministry
1. Understand the Importance
There are thousands of verses about money in the Bible. In fact, Jesus talked about it more than any other topic except the Kingdom of God. Money is the chief rival god in many lives; materialism mimics a competing theological construct with its gospel (good news) that says that “things bring happiness” and that the “almighty dollar” will save with its promise of security.
At stake is the answers to these questions: “Whom do we serve?” (Matt 6:21); “Where is our heart?” (Matt. 6:24); and “To where will our love of money lead?” (1Tim.6:10).
We must grow in our understanding of how deeply interrelated our relationship to our money is to our relationship to God.
2. Have Pure Motives
The purpose of a stewardship ministry is not to get people to give more money to the church! People need to know what we want for them and their families before they hear what we want from them. What we want for them is joy, peace and freedom in an area of their life where those attributes are seldom found.
When a stewardship ministry succeeds in helping people understand a biblical perspective on their material resources and equips them to integrate those principles into their lives, giving will increase – sometimes dramatically; however, that is a secondary outcome of the ministry as opposed to its purpose.
3. Emphasize That the Ministry Is for Everyone
Perception can often be that this is a ministry just for folks in deep financial difficulty (and who wants to admit that?). Wealthy or poor, folks often have very little knowledge of a biblical perspective on earning, giving, saving, resolving debt and living a free financial lifestyle. One can have a very large income stream yet be a very poor manager of their financial resources. Stewardship ministry is for everyone!
4. Understand That the Ministry Is More Than Just a Workshop
Something is better than nothing, so a single core course like Freed-Up Financial Living does go a long way to teach and train the average person to be responsible and God-honoring with the financial resources with which they have been entrusted. However, a strong and mature stewardship ministry will offer a broad range of offerings, such as courses that delve into preparing for later life, raising children to be good stewards, dealing with consumer debt, spending wisely, being prepared for one’s death, and a host of other possible topics.
A strong stewardship ministry also has a trained cadre of budget counselors, who can meet personally, one-on-one with folks who are attempting to change their financial behavior but need support and encouragement in doing so.
5. Find the Person with a Passion to Lead the Ministry
My experience tells me that there are those in every congregation who have a passion and the gifts for this kind of ministry. Good theology says so, too! Because of the average church’s silence on the topic, many of those folks have never dreamed that there was a place for their passion and gifts to be exercised. Sound the call, and they will respond!
All Good Sense resources are designed to be easily taught or facilitated by a live presenter without prior training and come with a detailed Facilitator’s Guide. DVDs are also available for each resource, making the course or workshop even easier for the facilitator to conduct with ease.
Although we designed the resources to be facilitated without additional training, Good Sense Movement does provide guidance and training if needed. For instance, in some cases where Good Sense resources are being newly introduced to a church (or group of churches), arrangements can be made for a Good Sense representative to provide guidance and training for your stewardship team.
We also offer an in-person Leader & Teacher Training Workshop for the Freed-Up Coaches course. Visit the Freed-Up Coaches resource page to learn more about this workshop and register for the next one!