How to Teach About Money
You do not need to be in ministry long before the subject of money starts to rear its head and smash all the nice pictures you had about doing the work of God. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our needs were just taken care of? Then we could spend all of our time just pouring out to others and flowing under the anointing.
But the moment you step off your pedestal (or pulpit as the case may be) you come crashing down to reality with some tough questions to answer about finances.
Questions you need to answer both for yourself and those who look up to you. I am going to give you some simple ways to help deal with the "Money" situation in your ministry.
The Tithing View
If you have got this far with us AMI, you should already know our stand on tithing.
To get to the bottom line on tithing, let me state that AMI does not believe in the principle of tithing 10% of your income to the church. Instead we believe on the example of the early church that gave 100% of all they had to the Lord.
We also advocate the use of business to support the work. To coin a phrase from Apostle Les D. Crause,
"The church should not be relying on the businessmen who give the church pittance, but it should be owning the business!"
The Blessing Box
So with the whole tithing thing out of the way, we still need to look at this principle of giving. Not only do finances advance the work of God, but it also gives God's people an opportunity to give and be blessed in return.
If you know the principles of The Way of Blessing, you will realize that giving in faith, hope and love is vital for every believer.
If you have a home church or a small ministry this is a perfect way for you to teach God's people how to give in this way and so learn to walk in blessing.
So where do you start? How do you introduce the subject of money in the church? Do you just tell people to start giving you their money and their cars?
Do you tell them that they must obey the rules? Or on the other hand do you just keep quiet and hope they will get the revelation themselves?
What The Word Says
If you take the time to read through the resources below and the Word you will see that giving is mentioned right through the New and Old Testament. If you do not give, how can you receive? Be honest, how often have you poured out of your time, life and even your own finances to receive nothing in return?
It is not very pleasant. Not only that, but you feel that you are not being appreciated. When you give so much and receive so little you wonder if those you are pouring out to receive what you are giving.
You can get frustrated at times and wonder if anyone cares. At times you might even get bitter and frustrated asking yourself this question, "Can't they see we have a need and we poured into them? Why can they not give even out of their abundance?"
So instead of responding to the problem correctly, you either try to deal with your own bitterness, or just wallow in self-pity.
But what is the correct way to respond?
You cannot just 'let it go' and hope that God will wake them up in the middle of the night and say, "Thus says the Lord, give your pastor some money because he has a need." Sorry guys, this is just not going to happen!
People will act out of what they know and out of the foundation in their hearts. Which leads me to my next point.
What foundation have YOU laid in their hearts? Can you expect a child to know how to dress itself if you did not teach it first?
Can you expect a child to know how to read if you did not teach it the A...B...C's? Then how can you expect God's people to know how to give if you did not teach them?
Do you know what the problem is?
Admit it. You’re Afraid
You are too afraid to mention money in case people get upset. You do not want to appear as if you are making demands and stealing from them. We have all heard of these "preachers" who take advantage of God's people.
Do you know what this kind of thinking produces? Firstly the butchers who are stealing from God's people get all the finances they need to steal some more.
Then secondly God's people are not taught to give properly and cannot walk in blessing. By withholding the truth about finances, you are stealing from the Lord's people. You are stealing the blessing from them that they desperately need!
You know the power of giving in faith, hope and love. You know how it can transform your life. Then why do you hold this truth to yourself? Why are you afraid to share such a powerful conviction that will set God's people free?
Being a leader means having a conviction and also being bold. It is up to you to lay this foundation in God's people and to teach them how to walk in financial victory. From there they can use the principles to gain victory in every area of their lives.
So Where do you Start?
You have read my words and you feel, "Oops I need to work on that! I have failed here!" But where do you start? Well the first place you can start with is yourself.
Consider your own giving. Are you the kind of person that gives to those that pour into you? Quickly as you read this make a quick list in your mind of everyone that you receive from.
Are you always the first to show them your appreciation financially? Are you diligent in your giving, or do you only give when you feel like it or can get something in return?
Then are you the kind of person that gives sacrificially? Or do you wait until you have abundance, before you give out just a bit to make yourself look good?
If you can challenge your own heart, then you are ready and challenge God's people!
Teaching the Truth
Then once you have a conviction yourself you are ready to teach the truth. Not only will you teach them from the Word, but they will learn from your example. Can those around you see how much you give to others?
If there is a need amongst someone in your church, do you say to the others, "Our brother has a need, let us all meet that need, and be the first to give of what you have?"
There is no way around it. If you want God's people to walk in blessing, it will mean teaching them how to give and also how to receive. This means talking about MONEY in the church.
Yes, you heard me right. It means bringing up this subject right in the middle of your meetings until everyone is open and comfortable with it.
Everyone in your group should feel so comfortable about this subject, that they can come and share with you about it at any time.
What They Need to Know.
If you have studied the Way of Blessing you will already know where to begin teaching. If not, start through those teachings as soon as possible and reteach everything you learn. However if you already know the principles, then here are some points that you can use to teach on the subject:
1. God wants you to be blessed!
2. God is the author of blessing.
3. We release what is in our spirits through words and actions!
4. You must paint the correct pictures. Change your templates of the past regarding finances and provision.
5. You must overcome the curses in your life. Deal with bitterness, fear and guilt.
6. Faith, Hope and Love are the currencies of heaven!
7. Transmute what you need from your heavenly bank account.
8. Those that labor in the Word deserve to reap some of the fruit. 1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be deserving of double pay, especially those who work hard in the Word and teaching. (AMIV)
9. By giving in faith, hope and love you receive a 100% return on all investments!
10. The early church gave all they had. Everything they had was in common. They realized that they were in covenant with one another.
11. Not only are we commanded to give, but by giving, we affirm the covenant we have as a Body.
A Project for you to Do
If you are in a place where you are working with others, I am going to help you with a practical project to try to talk about the subject of finances.
Make sure you know the principles in the materials that I have listed below.
Then go through the Word yourself and do a search on words such as "Reap" as is found in this passage:
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this [I say], He which sows sparingly will reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully will reap also bountifully. (AMIV)
You can do some other searches with words like, Blessing as found in this passage:
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in [the] heavenly [realm] in Christ: (AMIV)
Once you have some clear convictions of your own, you are ready for your next meeting.
I think you will find that not many of the group will be able to respond to that.
The reason for that is their views are based on experience and what they have been taught - not by the Word.
Once they have all shared, it is time for you to start pointing them to the Word and showing them what it really says. Pull out some of the scriptures that you found in your search and invite them to share their interpretations of it.
At the end of the meeting, make sure that you bring a resolve and a final point. Each one should leave the meeting on a personal conviction regarding finances.
If you are diligent to apply this project, you will open the door for some honest talks about finances later on.
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