Should the Pastor Have Visibility to Members’ Giving?

Episode #482
November 6, 2018
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Podcast Episode #482

Groups that get donations usually have visibility of who gives what. But what about a church? Should a pastor know who is giving and how much? Today, we discuss.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Changes in a church member’s giving patters often indicate changes in a church member’s life.
  • There is a myth that older church members are the biggest givers. That’s often not true. They’re often more consistent with their giving but give less than younger members.
  • One major reason church giving has dropped is because pastors fail to ask.
  • The biggest objections to a pastor having visibility to church giving typically come from the non-givers and the low-givers.

The seven considerations we discuss are:

  1. First, understand the different levels of visibility.
  2. Second, understand that giving to non-profits other than churches is increasing, but church giving is decreasing.
  3. Pastors are expected to have visibility in all other areas of discipleship.
  4. The problem of placing non-giving or low-giving leaders.
  5. How do you say thank you?
  6. Why pastors are often fearful of asking individual members to give.
  7. Realize that the biggest objections to visibility typically come from the non-givers and the low-givers.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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