10 Reasons Why Pastors Should Be Engaging Financial Leaders in Their Church During COVID-19
Financial leaders in the church are individuals or families who have a high capacity for generosity. Brian Dodd, Director of New Ministry Partnerships for INJOY Stewardship Solutions and prolific blogger on Brian Dodd on Leadership, defines financial leaders as any family that tithes $10,000 or more annually to your church, or, for churches that don’t have givers at this level, it’s the top 10 percent of a church’s annual givers.
In the guest post that follows, Dodd shares 10 reasons why pastors should be especially intentional in engaging their financial leaders during the COVID-19 crisis.
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High-capacity givers understand return on investment. They want to invest their money in effective ministries. They want their pastor to win and the church to be successful. Financial leaders should be a pastor’s best friend. Pastors need them now more than ever. Ironically, financial leaders need their pastor now more than ever as well.
Here are 10 reasons why pastors should be especially intentional in engaging their financial leaders during the COVID-19 crisis:
1. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because they should already be doing so.
Building relationships with financial leaders should be a normal part of a pastor’s rhythm. It honors them and releases countless resources to be used for life-change. For more on this topic read 12 Facts About Your Church’s Financial Leaders And The Impact They Can Have On Pastors and 11 Lessons From Jesus On The Relationship Between Pastors And Financial Leaders.
2. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because many financial leaders need their pastor right now.
Do not assume your financial leaders are in an emotionally or spiritually healthy state right now. They are facing this crisis like everyone. Financial leaders are making hard decisions every day, which affects the lives of their employees and their families. Many are deciding how to manage business expenses. Financial leaders may be facing their own personal financial pressures as well. Some may even be forced to close their businesses, which for many is the death of a dream. As a result, many financial leaders are carrying an unimaginable emotional burden. They need to hear from their pastor.
3. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because some are experiencing an increased financial blessing.
Many churches are facing various shortages in their ministry budgets. Some financial leaders, such as those in the grocery, technology, or medical fields, are experiencing increased blessings right now. They could be uniquely positioned to resource under-funded or struggling ministries in your church if they are aware of the need.
4. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because they can learn more about making hard decisions.
If solutions are not found quickly to the pandemic, many churches may be forced to make difficult budget, staffing, or salary cuts. Many financial leaders have already walked this path. They can be an invaluable resource regarding how to look at this process, what to value, what to prioritize, where to best leverage budget dollars, and how to deliver the unpopular message.
5. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because they can learn to better make pivots.
The word “pivot” has now become standard in American business. What this means is businesses are being forced to change their methods and approaches because their world has been disrupted. You can’t do business the same way anymore. New products are being developed. New communication strategies are being implemented. Churches are no different. For instance, your church likely has been forced to go online. Financial leaders are uniquely equipped to assist pastors through the process of recognizing and navigating change.
6. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because they know how to lead remotely.
Pastors are shepherds. Oftentimes, they like having their teams around them and under their care. Social distancing has forced pastors to utilize video-conferencing to lead their teams. Many business leaders have been leading like this for years. They understand the frequency and type of messaging needed to lead those you are not in direct physical contact with.
7. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because of how well many financial leaders treat their employees.
Many pastors are glorified CEOs. Many CEOs are actually shepherds. Many of the financial leaders I know love, care, and shepherd their people as well as pastors. For more on what it looks like to lead like a shepherd, check out 20 Quotes On How Every Leader Should Lead During The Coronavirus COVID-19.
8. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because they can learn personal financial principles.
The sad reality is, unless God intervenes, many churches may have problems making payroll. Many pastors reading this post will be getting salary cuts themselves. Knowing how to manage their family’s personal finances will likely be a needed skill in the days ahead. Who better to assist with this than your church’s financial leaders?
9. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because financial leaders are often visionary leaders.
People need hope right now. They are following those leaders who have positive approaches to life and are pointing to a brighter tomorrow. Financial leaders have the unique ability to rally people in times of crisis and chart a course to a better tomorrow.
10. Pastors should be engaging their financial leaders during the coronavirus because their resources are desperately needed.
Let’s just keep it real–many in your church will experience job losses and salary reductions. This will have an obvious negative impact on your ministry. There are defining moments in the life of every ministry in which leaders with various gifts, talents, and abilities are needed to step forth. During a financial crisis, the moment has come for financial leaders to faithfully exercise their generosity. This is a defining moment. This is their defining moment. Invite them into the game. Allow them to be used as only God can use them.
Pastors, start contacting your financial leaders today. The two of you need each other like never before.
About Brian Dodd
Brian Dodd is the author and content coordinator for Brian Dodd On Leadership, as well as the author of the critically acclaimed book, The 10 Indispensable Practices Of The 2-Minute Leader. He also serves as Director of New Ministry Partnerships for INJOY Stewardship Solutions where he helps churches develop cultures of generosity.