Episode 67: Stewardship, Leadership, and Generosity

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Brandon Sieben, President of Compass Global, and Howard Dayton, noted author and Founder of Compass Global. During their conversation they discuss leadership, stewardship, and generosity.

Best Quotes

“We focus on the few, have them become equipped to handle their resources God’s way, and then encourage them to mentor others in a small group setting.”

“I think the biggest challenge is an overall lack of awareness about what the Bible actually says about money and how to apply it to church vision, strategy, or execution.”

“One of the best things we can do is increase awareness which is going to lead to confidence which will lead to pastors speaking about this topic just like they speak about faith and love.”

“What do I need to do today to position myself to finish well when I stand before the Lord?”

“In Europe and North America we are getting quite a bit of traction around financial discipleship, which is to connect what God says about money and how we apply those things to our life.”

“I believe there is positive trend happening in churches where the topic of stewardship is getting more visibility.”

“Do something for your congregation before you ask something from your congregation.”

Brandon Sieben graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He also studied International Business at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain and Latin American business and culture at the Instituto de Idioma Espanol in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Brandon is the former President of Allsteel and officer of HNI Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of office furniture in the world. During his tenure at HNI Corporation (1994-2019), Brandon held multiple senior leadership roles spanning a variety of global and domestic businesses, markets, and customers. His broad-based business background includes creating and executing vision and strategy for growth and turnaround companies. Brandon also serves on the board of directors of Central Banc, Inc. in Illinois. Brandon was raised in a committed Christian family and married his high school sweetheart, Deb. They have three daughters Kay, Nina, and Georgia, and currently reside in Iowa City, Iowa. They have been applying what the Bible says about handling money their entire marriage and are actively involved in ministry in their local church and community. After nearly three years in a mentoring relationship with Founder and Chairman Howard Dayton, Brandon joined Compass – finances God’s way as its President and CEO in September, 2019. Brandon is excited to serve Compass in pursuit of its global vision to see everyone, everywhere, faithfully living by God’s financial principles in every area of their lives.

Howard Dayton graduated from Cornell University and served two and a half years as a naval officer. After developing a successful railroad-themed restaurant in Orlando, Florida, Howard began his commercial real estate development career in 1972, specializing in office development. 
After a business partner challenged him to study the Bible to discover what God teaches about handling money, Howard’s life was profoundly changed. The Lord gave him a passion to share these life-changing principles, resulting in the authorship of five books, Your Money: Frustration or Freedom, Your Money Counts, Free and Clear, Your Money Map and Money and Marriage God’s Way. He also has authored five popular small group studies and produced several video series. 

Howard founded Crown Ministries in 1985 which merged with Larry Burkett’s Christian Financial Concepts in September 2000 to form Crown Financial Ministries. During his tenure as CEO, Crown became the world’s largest financial ministry teaching more than 50 million people in 80 countries. He served as host of the nationally syndicated radio programs, Money Matters, How to Manage Your Money and Ted and Tony. 

Howard transitioned from the role of CEO at Crown and in 2009 founded Compass—Finances God’s Way. Compass’ primary focus is on teaching God’s financial principles through small group studies. 

Howard married Beverly in 1971 and they have two children: Matthew (married to Michelle) and Danielle (married to Kyle Hasbrouck) and four grandchildren. Together they led 55 small groups. Beverly went home to be with the Lord she loved and served in 2017. Howard now resides in South Carolina and is married to Lynn. 

Recommended Resources

Generosity by Lifeway


Your Money Counts by Howard Dayton

Charting Your Legacy

Church Giving and Stewardship Facebook Group