Entrusted With True Riches


The do’s and don’t’s for church leaders in the area of finance

Jesus said in Luke 16:11, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” As a team we have known tests and blessing in this area and here are my reflections for church leaders…

Common mistakes:

  1. We don’t intentionally apply faith for increase in our budgets
  2. Leaders believe that their personal stewardship doesn’t matter
  3. We focus on giving not stewardship
  4. It is left to the “Finance guys” with a type of mistaken pride around what are spiritual matters
  5. Infrequent, poor quality communication to the church

Positive leadership:

  1. Practice excellence in stewardship personally and corporately
  2. Model true open accountability in all leaders
  3. Set specific faith goals with prayer and fasting
  4. Make finance part of vision building based on God’s biblical economic principles
  5. Habitually sow into the kingdom outside of ourselves


Chris is an Elder working at Living Hope Community Church on the Isle of Man. He is married to Carol and they have 2 married daughters. Chris was in the business world for 26 years before joining the church staff. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter

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