Over the past 11 years in this ministry I have had discussions about stewardship and generosity almost everyday. I don’t know that there is a subject that causes more angst in the church than this one. So when I start advising pastors and church leaders to talk about it in worship they often times look at me with a strained look on their faces. I understand why leaders are a little less than excited about discussing giving in worship but that shouldn’t stop us from doing it if we know it is biblically sound and the right thing for our people.
I have heard a multitude of reasons to not talk about giving in worship, but here are the top three based on my discussions. They are in no particular order:
- “I’m just not comfortable talking about money.” I get that (to a degree). However, talking about and teaching biblical tithing improves people’s spiritual walk with God and the amount of money available to the church to do mission and ministry. Church leaders may need to get out of their comfort zones.
- “The church leaders (30% who give 80% of the dollars to the church) will get irritated.” Quite the contrary. The 30% want the other 70% to get on board with giving. If talking about giving in worship will help that, the 30% will be more than patient with you while you teach tithing and who knows; the 30% may learn something in the process as well.
- “I don’t like asking for money.” You don’t have to ask for it. The bible makes it clear that God calls us to give. If the biblical message is presented, God will make that message clear to the people of your church. God expects us to give and tells us all of the promises that He will deliver when we do.