How to Talk About Money and Ministry in Church

by | August 26, 2019

Talking about Money and Ministry

Giving to religion fell 3.7% (inflation adjusted) in 2018* as people continue the trend of shifting giving away from the church to other non-profit organizations.  How we talk about money and ministry in the church is one of the reasons.


It’s Easier than You Think

Changing the conversation about money is easier than you might think.  You can begin with one simple vocabulary change. When you make this change, you’ll watch how quickly awkward money conversations can become opportunities to celebrate ministry impact and life change.

Listen as Joe Park, Managing Partner of Horizons Stewardship, explains how this simple change can resolve the tension you might be experiencing as you talk about ministry and money in your church.



If you want to watch the rest of the series and access a variety of practical tools and ideas to help you cultivate a culture of generosity in your church, visit our Giving365 resource center.

*Data provided by the 2019 GivingUSA report.


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    Ok mission plan but what happens to need of the church to keep the doors open. We need funds to pay the bills. Is this a mission plan?

    • Joe Park

      Hi Sandy, The only reason for a church to keep its doors open is so that it can be on mission, creating worship, making generous disciples who care for the poor, the sick, the needy, etc. The primary reason most churches are struggling with giving is that donors are choosing less and less to fund organizations who they hear asking to “keep the doors open” and shifting their support to those who both ask for support to change lives and can demonstrate they are truly accomplishing that mission. Donors will keep the doors open of a church that they can see is making a real difference in the lives of the community/mission field. A ministry funding plan is simply a plan to change lives trough funding both the missional and operational needs of the church. We begin this transition when we quit asking our donors to fund the annual operations budget (aka keep the doors open) ask their investment of God’s tithes and our offerings to funding a ministry plan with clearly defined ministry objects which can be measured in changed lives. This ministry plan will by necessity include operational expenses, but the focus and purpose is on the lives that will be changed, not the fact the doors will remain open. I hope this helps.

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    This was very helpful. I will share this with the finance and mission committees.

    • Joe Park

      Thanks Elizabeth! I am glad you found it helpful. Joe Park, Managing Partner


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