The 2023 Stewardship Survey supported our position that a dedicated stewardship role remains an essential part of an effective stewardship strategy. Even if you can’t afford a stewardship pastor, there needs to be a:
Dedicated stewardship role with Sr. Pastor support and,
Clearly defined accountability structure
Among the churches surveyed that didn’t have a dedicated stewardship role, oversight was achieved by leveraging existing resources including:
A team sharing the responsibilities
Two leaders sharing the role
A part-time hire
Volunteer(s) with related expertise
Expanding on these approaches, we strongly recommend:
Involving the Senior Pastor As the most visible and influential leader, successful stewardship efforts typically hinge on the presence or absence of Senior Pastor support.
Formalizing the role(s) Establishing clearly defined accountability standards, goals, terminology and division of responsibilities.