The Pastor’s Role in Stewardship Ministry

By the Rev. Charles Lane, October 22, 2015

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Along with frank discussions of sex and politics, honest conversation about money is a huge taboo in many congregations. The taboo harms not only the financial life of the congregation, but also faith life of the congregation that is prevented from exploring a major element of discipleship: generous giving. As the spiritual leader of the congregation, the pastor must shatter the “conspiracy of silence” by talking about money. The pastor must do this for the spiritual health of the people in the congregation.

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About the Author

Pastor Chick Lane is the author of "Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation" and "Walk with Jesus" an annual stewardship response program. He has served as the Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and as Director for Stewardship Key Leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He currently serves as Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN, and works with Kairos and Associates. He serves on the board of the Stewardship of Life Institute.See the Rev. Charles Lane's website.

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