Lack of funds to do ministry is one of the greatest struggles that churches face today. Families are drowning in debt with no hope of digging their way out. Yet both of these conditions are merely symptoms of the underlying problem. Churches and families need a strong stewardship process that stems from a biblical view of stewardship. This view must permeate the family and then filter into the church. However, the church must teach stewardship at all age levels in order to have stewardship lifestyle families. So, how can a church deal with this issue?
The California Southern Baptist Convention Missions Discipleship Group seeks to help churches develop such a mindset. Resources in the areas of family money management, church budgeting and stewardship promotion are available. Also available is help in the area of stewardship team development and training for church treasurers.
Churches also face the issue of adequately compensating their church staff. They need to see that, in addition to salary and housing, a staff member has adequate insurance and retirement. Church tax issues are also an issue in today’s legal climate. These issues are addressed through seminars and consultation with the GuideStone Representative listed on this page.
A balanced stewardship program can become part of a church’s fabric through consultation, materials and practical seminars led by CSBC specialists and consultants. Many of the ways CSBC can assist churches with training, consultations and materials are available through the resources or specialists listed on this page.
Church Finance Specialist
E-mail Rod Wiltrout