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37 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Why Pastors Must Talk About Money with John Rinehart
We cannot get through one day without seeing, hearing, or reading something about money and wealth. The world is consumed by this topic while pastors rarely talk about it. In this episode, we’re talking with John Rinehart, the founder of Gospel Patrons, about his recent poem to pastors. John believes pastors play a crucial role in teaching God’s people about money and wealth, and we couldn’t agree more.
50 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
The Church’s Responsibility and Opportunity to Teach on Investing
The Scriptures provide wisdom for every area of life, including investing. Yet, it is rare to hear a sermon or teaching on the topic in The Church, and it seems pastors perceive the subject of money and wealth as too unspiritual to include in their weekend messages. Meanwhile, the world continues to guide and influence God’s people daily on how they should make, spend, and invest their money, mostly void of the Biblical principles found in God’s word. In this episode, we talk about investing with Matt Bell from Sound Mind Investing to understand the Church’s responsibility, as well as an excellent opportunity to teach God’s people how to invest according to God’s design.
25 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Understanding the Real Danger of Covetousness
We rarely use the term covet in our modern vernacular today. Is the reason because we’ve overcome the temptation to covet or is it something else? In this episode, we discuss the real danger of coveting, why God opposes it, and why it’s so important for us to resist and overcome the temptation to covet.
27 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Emotions and Money
The biggest challenge to managing our money is not the task itself but the emotions we experience as we manage the decisions around money. In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we talk with Chris Goulard about emotions and our money.
25 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
The Personal Benefits of Generosity
Being generous is more than giving money to worthy causes. Although it sometimes includes giving money, generosity is much more. In this episode, we are joined by Todd McMichen to discuss the personal benefits of being a generous person, and why we need to make it a priority in our lives.
25 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
The Power of Contentment
Our culture isn’t prone to encourage us to be content or satisfied with our lives. The messaging is designed to do just the opposite, make us discontent so that we will buy the next thing that promises to fulfill us. In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we talk with Blair Graham, Stewardship Pastor at The Summit Church, about the reasons for our discontented lives and what we can do to learn and live with contentment.
35 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
The Next Big Thing in Stewardship Ministry
Stewardship Ministry is continuing to evolve and change to the needs of The Church. Today, perhaps more than any other time in history, churches have or can obtain the information necessary to understand how effective their ministries are—knowing what works and what doesn’t is crucial. In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we discuss the biggest and most important thing in Stewardship Ministry that will directly impact the financial and spiritual well-being of the Church.
34 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
The Power of Analytics to Help You Disciple Your People
As a church leader, being aware of the needs of your congregation is crucial to providing them ministry support and discipleship. Analytics, especially those concerning giving, can be a vital resource in knowing how to minister to your people. In this episode of Stewardship leader, we talk with Vinny Hu, the Director of FinHealth & Stewardship at Hoboken Grace Church, in Hoboken, NJ, and learn how they use analytics software developed by Mortarstone to gain the insight that helps them to celebrate, support, and minister more effectively.
32 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
FreedUp! The Biblically-Based Approach for Managing Your Finances
It’s great when you can offer a financial stewardship program that everyone in your church will find relevant and engaging. Freed up, the new 6-week program developed by Good Sense Movement and Crossroads Church is designed to do just that! In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we talk with Kirsten Swartz, the stewardship director at Crossroads, about this new program and the innovative, fun, and engaging way it is impacting congregations.
44 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
A Christian Theology of Business Ownership with Bill English
What does the Bible say about owning a business or entrepreneurship, and how can a business owner ensure their role aligns with Biblical theology? In this episode, we speak with Bill English, the author of A Christian Theology of Business Ownership: An Introduction for Christian Entrepreneurs on What the Bible Says About Owning a Business, to gain a better understanding of God’s perspective on business ownership.
42 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
A Closer Look at Charting Your Legacy Small Group Study with Dan Nicewander
Deciding which content to use for discipling your people in Biblical stewardship and generosity can be daunting. There is no curriculum or study that can serve every member of your church. In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we discuss Charting Your Legacy Small Group Study, a study developed by Compass: finances God’s way, to help you determine how this study can be used in your specific ministry.
42 minutes | May 21, 2021
Strategies for Impacting the Next Generation
How can the church come alongside the next generation to help them steward their finances and help them grow spiritually, and realize the importance of biblical stewardship in God’s Kingdom? In this episode, we discuss the perspective, strengths, and challenges of millennials related to finance and stewardship so that we can develop strategies that will draw them in and create a powerful generation of passionate givers.
41 minutes | May 6, 2021
Increase Generosity Through Discipleship
What you will hear in this episode“For decades we’ve had the privilege of serving Christians and helping them to be more generous, and through that discipleship interactions, we’re learning from them what they want and don’t want from the ministries that they are giving to.”“It is a bit scary how transient givers are these days, even in the local church.”“What God put on Ron Blue’s heart back in 1979 was to help Christians become financially free in order to assist in fulfilling the great commission.”“Financial freedom is never a function of how much money somebody has, it is always and only a function of how much money they give away.”“Our work is not to funnel money into the church, or even just into the kingdom for the sake of the money coming in, it’s for the sake of freedom for the giver.”“Once we help a client identify their finish line, and they make a commitment to leave a significant amount of resources to the kingdom at death, our next automatic question is, Wouldn’t it be more fun to give this away while you’re still alive to enjoy the blessing and the fruit?”“The negative trend, the one that really concerns me is how ineffective my generation has been in passing down the legacy gene to the next generations.”Join us for the Maximizing Generosity Through Donor Discipleship WebinarWhen - May 27, 2021 @ 10:30 am Eastern Time.ResourcesCSN - Stewardship Impact Online Course
41 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Answering the Tithe Question
One of the most challenging topics to talk about is tithing. There are many opinions on the topic, and everyone, whether for or against tithing, is passionate about sharing their thoughts, including us. At our most recent 2021 CSN Forum, Chris Goulard and I (Leo) had the opportunity to co-teach a breakout session on tithing. In this episode, we’re sharing that recorded session with you and some additional thoughts on why tithing matters today.
38 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Increase Engagement - Multiply Results
We know that good stewardship and generosity are important traits of a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Yet, so few churches intentionally work to equip their people with these essential skills. The result is lackluster engagement and commitment, especially in the area of generosity and service. In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we talk with Chris Willard and Greg Morris from Elevate Group, an organization built to equip and train church leaders to increase the engagement and commitment of their members to a greater level of service and generosity.
36 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Financial Discipleship - Investing in Eternity
Show NotesWhat you will hear in this episodeA disciple is a person who has an ongoing, life-changing, relationship with Jesus Christ, and gladly shares what he or she has learned with others.A disciple by definition is also geared to making other disciples.Jesus said, “you cannot serve both God and mammon. So this money “power” is competing for our devotion, and if we don’t learn to steward this power, this money, then it will take over our devotion.The first outcome of a financial disciple is to know Christ more intimately.I think that financial problems which were exhibited by this young man were an outside indicators of an internal spiritual problem that he had. He was selfish, greedy, he refused to wait, not loving his father, but loving money and the high life.Someone said to me when I was a young Christian, Peter, show me your bank statement and I will show you what you’re living for.Financial discipleship is a journey, and the destination is Christ-likeness.
34 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Why Financial Discipleship?
What you will hear in this podcast:Jesus had a clear purpose in the beginning and in the end that discipleship was going to be a priority for him and for the disciples.Financial discipleship is following Jesus in how we manage money and possessions, being a faithful steward, and then equipping others to do the same.Stewards manage money God’s way, and disciples multiply money God’s way, and that’s what financial discipleship is.I think 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 and Matthew 6:24 are great passages about ownership and choice, and when we get over these two hurdles the whole purpose of money becomes clear, which is to serve others and glorify God.Financial discipleship says, get your own household in order and then go help somebody else.Stewardship is not going away. It’s here to stay. It’s step one and it’s vitally important, and it’s a key component of financial discipleship. We just need to hep the Body of Christ evolve to the next step.Just like stewardship is part of financial discipleship, generosity is part of financial discipleship as well. In fact, I believe strongly that generosity is an outcome of discipleship.We want to help people learn it (financial discipleship), do it, and replicate it in others.
16 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
The two obstacles to tithing for Christians
Over the years, I've met many Christians who don't tithe. There are two main reasons for this, and I'll share my thoughts on them in this podcast. But first, let me be clear, it's not my job to convince you to tithe. Actually, it's no one's job except for the Holy Spirit. So, I'm not telling you to tithe, but I am asking you to do what I did, study it, and ask God for clarity, then do what He tells you to do.
35 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
The Journey to True Stewardship with Marcus Hall
To be a faithful steward requires knowledge, commitment, and action. The journey isn’t easy, especially in our materialistic culture. Although committed to doing things God’s way, we often take back control of the things God has entrusted to us. In this episode, we talk with author Marcus Hall and his devotional book that lays out a path to true and consistent stewardship.What you will hear on this podcast“That was part of God’s way of showing me that this kind of material is what Christians want to know better so that they can live a more godly lifestyle.”“The Bible gives you the best financial advice you could ever find. The Bible is the perfect place to find the answer to these questions.”“I mean this book to be a compliment to your Bible reading. I want you to have your Bible out with you while you’re going through this.”“Every one of us has places in our lives where we can improve our spiritual walk. I just pray that you find what God is trying to tell you.”“My goal as you read through Spiritual Wealth is that you take a step forward no matter where you are right now.”“Before you make any changes on how you’re living, or the result that comes from your actions, I think you have to understand what God is actually saying.”“First, understanding God’s standards. What does God say about stewardship? What does God say about contentment? What actually are the facts here, and the truth that God gives us?”I don’t think folks truly understand how much the Bible says about how we make our plans and how we look forward to the future. And I think it’s really important that we allow God to lead that.”Resources LinksMarcus Hall Website - stewardshipmindset.com2021 CSN Forum Information2021 CSN Registration
41 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
What do you do when there's a drop in giving at your church?
What do you do when the giving at your church is good for 20+ years and then there’s a sudden significant drop? In this episode of Stewardship Leader, we talk with Crossroad’s Rob Seddon and Kirsten Schwartz to find out what they've learned and what they’re doing to address this and a much more important issue.
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