- Seminaries don’t prepare church leaders in this area.
- Many pastors refuse to consistently preach on the subject (if at all).
- Too often poor giving habits are practiced by the pastor and staff.
- External factors (e.g. economy, etc.) are blamed instead of leaders owning the responsibility.
- Money is considered taboo to the leader but everyday conversation to the person in the pew.
- Stewardship is taught to be an obligation rather than an opportunity.
- Churches fail to address church giving in practical ways that benefit the person in the pew.
- Church leaders excuse themselves from the conversation for more “spiritual” matters.
- Churches don’t pay attention to the giving habits of their congregation.
- Churches give little thought to the offering and generally make it an insignificant part of Worship.
It’s time rethink our approach to subject of money in church. If Jesus talked more about it than heaven and hell combined, perhaps we ought to make it a more central part of our teaching as well.
Warning: Churches who refuse to consistently deal with giving in a healthy way help fund outside organizations with money God intended to fund his church.