In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gunnar Johnson, longtime Stewardship Pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, TX, author, and speaker. Gunnar is the founder of Learn Generosity and currently serves as the Executive VP at MortarStone. During their conversation, they discuss when churches should consider starting a stewardship ministry.
“Stewardship pastors are usually people who have a natural bent toward money and would never, ever see themselves teaching in this area, but deep down inside they know they are called.”
“Those that are passionate about generosity ministry today began somewhere else.”
“That generosity message in Scripture, coupled with the financial management side of things, changes their life.”
“When I first started in 1999, churches weren’t challenged economically as they are today.”
“The challenge financially makes this ministry more valuable and more applicable to the local church.”
“We want to develop a heart that loves the Lord and wants to give and advance the things that are going on in the Kingdom.”
“Ultimately the giving is between the individual and the Lord, it’s not between the finance committee, the pastor, and the individual.”
“What’s the initiative that is accurate for the season that you are in as a congregation?”
“If your motive really is just raising money, and you are going to manipulate people through a process of discipleship, you should stay away from this subject, because you will do a lot of damage.”
Before founding Generosity and Stewardship Strategies in 2017 and co-founding Financial Freedom International in 2015, Gunnar Johnson was a local church pastor and business owner. He serves as Executive Vice President of MortarStone. Gunnar has a passion for teaching biblical generosity and financial stewardship to individuals, churches, nonprofits, and businesses.
You can learn more about Gunnar’s ministry here: www.learngenerosity.com.
Gateway Church (http://gatewaypeople.com)
Learn Generosity (https://learngenerosity.com)
Crown Financial Ministries (https://www.crown.org)
Generosity by Lifeway (https://lifewaygenerosity.com)