Evangelism is the very heart of Christianity and biblical stewardship is managing the resources that God has entrusted us with. As a result, I believe that effective evangelism happens as a result of individuals partnering to help advance the gospel.
Having worked in the nonprofit arena for more than 20 years; I had the privilege and honor of partnering with individuals who believed in the vision and the mission that God called me too. It was because of their faithful support and contributions that enabled me to continue to share and impact lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, I understood their contributions did not come without a sacrifice.
Although, I do not subscribe to the idea around equal giving, I do believe that there is equal sacrifice.
Jesus referred to this in the Gospel of Mark as He shared with the disciples:
“And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41-44, ESV
One contribution does not supersede another, but all of God’s resources are used for the advancement of kingdom building through missional and direct ministry efforts.
It was with this foundational truth that I was able to appreciate every contribution that was made, whether it was $1 or $1 million. It was important for me to personally thank each person for their sacrifice, and giving to the vision that God has called me too. As pastors we have the same responsibility and opportunity to thank each person that gives through equal sacrifice to the ministry of our church. This is another opportunity for us to connect through personal evangelism through stewardship.
There are five key principles to consider as your church continues to evangelize through stewardship.
- Checking on members to see how they are doing.
- Asking is there anything you can specifically pray for.
- Thank them for their continued Financial support of the ministry. It doesn’t matter how big or how small; what matters is their faithfulness in financially supporting the mission and vision of the church.
- Affirm their faithfulness.
- Consider doing a public thank you through social media and personal thank you with a hand-written note.
- Update them on the current financial status.
- Communicate the impact that their contribution is making.
- People being reached through social media platforms.
- Service evangelism opportunities.
- Missional impact in their local Jerusalem.
- Continue to communicate the vision of the ministry. They are more than members; they are friends and family.
Jesus demonstrates this when He says;
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
John 15:15, ESV
When individuals feel that they are valued and making a difference in the lives of individuals through their contribution and partnership, there is a sense of pride and fulfillment.
Let us not miss the opportunity to evangelize through stewardship as we continue to celebrate each contribution, and the impact their contributions are making to reach individuals through the sharing of the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
For more information on No Sweat Evangelism, go to nosweatevangelism.com. The Georgia Baptist Mission Board has an Evangelism Consultant in your specific region that can help you in leading your church members to follow Jesus and work in His harvest fields. For more information, please contact the Evangelism team of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and schedule a consultation. You can also join the conversation on Facebook!