Episode 59: How a Pastoral Team Can Raise a Generous Church

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Jeff Kahler, the Director of Stewardship and Advancement at LCBC, a multi-campus church across central Pennsylvania. During their conversation they discuss the critical role of a pastor and his team to create a lasting generous culture.

Best Quotes

“I had direct feedback from senior leadership and direct access to senior leadership right away and that was very important.”

“Before we even think about going out to our local church body and the congregation, we have church staff who really need some education and have their own work to do in their personal finances.”

“It was eye-opening for God to reveal to us and really holding us back from doing a lot until our staff was bought in.”

“Instead of trying to create another silo within the church that is fighting for time and announcements, we started coming along ministries and saying how we could add value to them as a stewardship ministry.”

“Find somebody you know and trust that will have the big picture in mind of what you are trying to accomplish in the area of stewardship.”

“A thoughtful, slower approach is better than diving into the deep end of the pool.”

“It’s important to find another church who is similar in how you deliver ministry and how you “do church” so to speak.”

“As a senior leader, don’t just say this is what we are going to do and push it down stream. Own it. You have to be authentic.”

“When you preach on generosity, the larger church body will know if you are living it out.”

Jeff and his family have attended LCBC Church for the last ten years, and Jeff joined the staff in April 2016. Jeff serves on the LCBC Senior Leadership Team as the Director of Stewardship & Advancement. Jeff’s previous ‘work’ history includes public accounting, private equity, a partner in a commercial printing company and humanitarian work with orphans in Kenya. Jeff and his wife Holly have three beautiful daughters.Jeff enjoys strategic organizational leadership topics, spending time outdoors with friends and family, triathlons, hunting and fishing. He loves adding value to people’s lives and being part of a team working towards a common goal that is bigger than ourselves.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by Lifeway

Christian Stewardship Network

Smart Dollar