Topeka, KS (PRWEB) June 1, 2006
Pastors not only dislike preaching about money—they do not know how. Only 15 percent of pastors feel equipped to lead in church stewardship. Not surprisingly, most pastors almost never preach on giving. “This lack of pastoral teaching in the church is the primary explanation for the appallingly low giving we find in churches in America and around the world,” says Dr. Rod Rogers, author of the new book Pastor Driven Stewardship: 10 Steps to Lead Your Church to Biblical Giving.
“Only 4 percent of American church members tithe (give a tenth),” he said. “The average church-goer gives just 2 to 3 percent of his income to support his local congregation.” Sadly, increasingly poor giving translates into crippled ministries and closing churches. “More and more churches are unable to support their own pastor and many are even shutting down,” Rogers said.
The good news is that clergy can learn to lead their people into generous giving. “The key to healthy church giving is bold, biblical, pastoral leadership,” said Rogers. “I wrote this book to fill in the stewardship gap in our seminary training and to tell pastors exactly what to say and do to biblically transform their church’s giving. When pastors accept their responsibility to preach on giving, their people joyfully respond. It is not uncommon for pastors who implement the principles in Pastor Driven Stewardship to experience a 40 percent increase in their offerings in just five weeks. That makes for some very happy pastors.”
Rogers should know. While pastoring, he led his church to consecutive annual giving increases of 32, 23, 27, 19, and 18 percent. At one point, 70 percent of his church members were tithing. His ten-step stewardship approach, the Dynamic Giving System™, has been used by over 900 churches from many denominations, in thirteen countries, for giving increases of 10 to almost 300 percent.
This 254-page softback book is well organized and easy to read. Unlike other stewardship books, Pastor Driven Stewardship includes not only extensive biblical teaching, but moves beyond theory to provide the reader with practical, step-by-step instructions, telling pastors exactly what to say and do to transform their people into generous givers. And it is non-labor intensive—no stewardship committees, energy-draining meetings, or awkward home visits.
The book addresses topics such as “Ministerial Myths about Money and Ministry,” “Why Christians Don’t Give,” “Ten Steps to Increasing Church Giving,” and “How to Get Out of Debt.” It includes a complete four-sermon stewardship sermon series and many other ready-to-use resources. It also comes with a money-back guarantee and a free bonus—exclusive access to online stewardship resources.
Rod Rogers, Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, D.Min., New Geneva Theological Seminary, is the founder and president of Leaderskills International, Inc., a church consulting firm specializing in stewardship development and leadership training. He is also visiting professor of Pastoral Theology at New Geneva Theological Seminary, Colorado Springs, CO.
Pastor Driven Stewardship is available for $19.95 in local bookstores, at online bookstores such as amazon.com and bn.com, at Pastor Driven Stewardship, or at 785.271.6061.
Pastor Driven Stewardship: 10 Steps to Lead Your Church to Biblical Giving by Rod Rogers. Original edition. 6 x 9, 254 pages. ISBN 1-933285-40-0. US $19.95, CAN $23.95. Publication: Spring 2006.