I can help almost any church increase their funds but let me tell you about the kind of church no one can help. From time to time I get pastors or church leaders who call me and ask if I can help their church increase their giving. I believe I can help almost any church. There are some however that I cannot help. Here is my list of the kinds of churches that no one can help…
A church that does not realize they need help cannot be helped. That seems to go without saying but so many in the Church today are oblivious of the seismic shocks rocketing our society and the Church.
A church that does not want help cannot be helped. While this is only a bit different from what is listed above some churches simply refuse to get help and thus continue down the slope of decline.
A church that thinks it knows it all cannot be helped. Nobody knows it all. Especially in these fast changing times it is foolish to believe you are your own best source of knowledge and wisdom.
A church that has unresolved internal issues cannot be helped. If giving is in decline there is a reason and it is in all probability NOT the economy but internal issues. Healthy churches are giving churches. Healthy churches can increase giving. A church with internal problems must solve the issue before they will ever recover to realize their giving potential. I can’t help increase giving in such an environment. No one can.
A church that is unwilling to work cannot be helped. Too many churches run on autopilot. God doesn’t bless laziness. Make sure “praying about it,” is not an excuse for really doing nothing.
A church whose pastor demonstrates any of the above characteristics cannot be helped. It all rises and falls upon the pastors leadership. Here is a great quote from my book, “The Top Ten Stewardship Mistakes Churches Make,” about this…
Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius in their book, Go Big, write the following, “Don’t delegate raising money to someone else. Others can help but the lead pastor is the primary fund-raiser.” They conclude their chapter on giving by saying, “Never shy away from asking for money because you are asking for the greatest mission in the world – God’s mission to save creation. You should never be embarrassed. The one who should be embarrassed is the one who refuses to give! As a leader, if you allow finances to hold your church back from reaching your community, then you just allowed finances to become your God.”
What kind of church are you? What kind of pastor or leader are you? Your honest answer to these questions will determine if you can be fully funded for all your missions and ministry initiatives for 2014 or not. I can help almost anyone but if you are anything like the above do me and you a favor and don’t call me!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach
Founder and President
The Charis Group and Charis Giving Solutions
I have a new personalize plan for helping pastors and churches get weekly help towards fully funding their ministries. Email me for more information at Mark@TheCharisGroup.org