Rev. Brondos posits this hypothesis: "The relationship between a synod asking for money and a synod promulgating pure doctrine is often inversely proportional. When the synod's efforts are directed toward the promoting Christ's teachings, there is less of an emphasis on raising money. And conversely, when there isn't as much emphasis on doctrine, there are greater efforts to get more cash to do "great" things."
April 1, 2008
I think it's an excellent point that applies to the congregation as well. The two congregations I have served as pastor have always been concerned about money, although their situations couldn't be much more different. It will ever be thus, wherever a pastor is, I suspect. Sometimes some well-meaning folks will mention that they wish we did "stewardship drives," like "the old days." I suspect the people saying such are the biggest givers, although I have no idea. And sometimes I'm tempted. I would like more cash in the coffers as much as anyone. And unlike the laypeople, my livelihood depends on it. But it seems to me that if we focus on the Word of God, if we point people's faith to the Sacraments and the promises God makes to them there, then the money will follow. People will give not because they were guilted into it, or because I tugged at their heartstrings, but because they value the preaching and want it to thrive here and elsewhere.
So, no stewardship talks. I simply say this, each Sunday before the offering, and let that be enough: "Through Christ let us offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving - the offering of lips confessing His name. But to do good and to distribute forget not, for with such sacrifices God is well-pleased."
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