by Jac La Tour

Whether pastors should know what their members give is a touchy subject. In a past post, Doug Roller of Grace Church of Orange, Brian Kluth, former senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, CO, and Joe Ward of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX weighed in.

To recap, Roller believed that the contributions made by a member is between them and God. Kluth believes a pastor shouldn’t be completely in the dark about giving patterns and suggests that a more appropriate question is, “What should a pastor know about people’s giving?” And Ward suggests periodically evaluating giving practices and notifying senior leadership when appropriate.

Recently, in a Your Church blog by North Coast Church Senior Pastor Larry Osborne, A Pastor’s Thoughts on Knowing What People Give, Osborne took a pretty strong position in favor of knowing what people give. He says it’s better to know instead of making assumptions about a person’s giving.

What are your thoughts about Osborne’s views?

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  1. Jerry Hutchins @ 2011-06-08 06:19

    One of the best ways to determine the heart of a person is to see where they put their treasures. Luke 12:34 says “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” The need to know what every person gives is not essential but the need to know what leaders give ought to be mandatory. It’s a heart gauge. Psalm 26:2 “Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart.” The heart of a man is tested by his giving and leaders should never be placed in position without being tested.

  2. Victor Mosso @ 2011-06-08 08:24

    The pastor should know.I believe some of the Lord’s bleesings have flowed in my life as a direct result of my tithing and giving in excess. Had I not been giving at this level a gentle conversation (nurturing) from the pastor regarding gods expectation and the blessing he promising may have propmpted me to give at the level god has directed.

    If the pastor knows he can easily identify people throughout the congregation that can speak on the topic of giving. Those chossen can speak with conviction.

    I can go on but will leave it at this.

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