Preach about Money: Somebody's Gotta Do It
Hi friends! Still on vacation, still eating lots of ice cream, still thinking about doing burpees. While I’m gone, here’s another of my favorite old posts.
- If you are uncomfortable, let people know. There’s no shame in telling the truth.
- Tell them your own story. What were you told about money growing up? What has happened recently that has expanded your understanding of faith and money? People in the pews want to know if you struggle, just like they do.
- Make the scripture real. The Bible is full of amazing stories about the sacrifice (financial and otherwise) of people to fulfill God’s intentions in the world.
- Emphasize the good money can do in the world. Too many people focus on “filthy lucre” or incorrectly quote “money is the root of all evil” (because – and this is true – “the love of money is the root of all evil”) or bring up annoying tele-evangelists. Don’t let this stop you. People forget that cash can often do what time and talent cannot.
What you say about money and how you say it can make all the difference. Here’s praying that you too will be able to say, “People really liked a sermon that basically urged them to give more money!” That’s powerful testimony.
(Originally posted November 2013)
Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She’s in Richmond, VA today where - she might add – she was a US-2 missionary many moons ago. She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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