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?