Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a 3-part blog series entitled, “3 Musts to Launch a Life-Changing Finance & Career Ministry”.
This is an exciting write for me because I never dreamed I would be on the path that I am today. I am thankful God has led to me being a stewardship director at a 7,000 member church.
I have had the privilege of leading the Finance & Career (formerly Stewardship) Ministry for 7 years at Grace Family Church in Lutz, FL just outside of Tampa. During this time, I have learned that the most important thing to starting and growing a ministry is the Secret Sauce. Using Financial Peace University, the ministry has been able to graduate almost 2,000 people, pay off over 6MM in debt and save 2MM in emergency funds.
How did we accomplish this?
We used what I call the Secret Sauce for Starting our Finance & Career Ministry…VMG.
VMG = VISION + MISSION + GOAL
The work in Stewardship ministry is difficult. The vision will help ministry leaders pray, plan and grow and will serve as a guide through turbulent times. The vision should dictate the clarity of ministry purpose, the mission and the goals that follow.
Our vision did not come right away. Instead, it evolved over time through a series of meetings with our core leadership team. First, we determined our values. We met together over breakfast, brainstormed and wrote them down on the whiteboard.
The values unified our team and helped us draft a vision statement. We embraced the vision as what we wanted to achieve in our ministry, a term Andy Stanley refers to in his book Visioneering as a preferred future. After several drafts, our team agreed on our first ministry vision statement. It was shortened a year or so later so we could easily remember it. This statement guided us for five years.
The team and I noticed a major shift in our focus, attitude, recruitment and interaction with church leadership when we solidified our vision. It allowed us to slowly, but surely communicate that the Finance & Career ministry is about more than managing our money for God, but also included our time and talents, too. This vision also helped us clearly communicate the mission.
Here’s the Vision Statement we came up with –> All people are educated and empowered to manage God’s resources God’s way.
Brainstorm on values of your ministry (or organization) and allow that to guide the authoring of your vision statement. Keep it simple so your team and others can remember it.
What kind of finance and career ministry (programming) does your church currently have in place?