Podcast Episode 25: The Yearly Stewardship Plan of Saddleback

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by a special co-host, George Thompson, Stewardship Pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church and board member of Christian Stewardship Network. Their guest today is Chris Goulard, Pastor of Strategic Advancement at Saddleback Church. During their conversation, they discuss what a churchwide stewardship plan looks like.

Best Quotes

“The idea that everything I have was given to me by God and still belongs to Him and I am just managing it, has profound spiritual implications.”

“In America today, do Christians truly live as though God owns everything they have?”

“Money will always impact your relationship with God.”

“If the people don’t see the senior leader being generous, they can’t learn from that.”

“It’s not just understanding how to do something, it’s being challenged with why you want to do it and what it’s going to do for you.”

“Stewardship ministry is a developing field so there is less information to tap into. You have to be more proactive to go outside the church and see what else is out there.”

“Stewardship is difficult ministry and is an area that the enemy is really going to come against.”

“If the leader is not feeling passionate about stewardship it is not going to get the oxygen that it needs.”

“The way we manage our resources can have an impact on the Kingdom.”

In 2004, Chris left a successful career in the financial services industry and joined the staff of Saddleback Church as the Pastor of Financial Stewardship. Over the past 17 years, Chris has started and led Saddleback’s ministries focusing on discipling people in biblical financial stewardship, including the Financial Freedom Workshop, Estate Planning, Financial Coaching, Compass, Financial Peace University, and all other financial workshops and curriculum.

Now, Chris is focusing his efforts on discipling those to whom God has given a surplus and have the spiritual gift of giving. He runs the Estate Planning Ministry and Kingdom Builders and loves to talk with people about growing in generosity. 

Chris is also passionate about helping other churches start and build healthy stewardship ministries and serves as the Chairman of the Christian Stewardship Network, a network of Stewardship Pastors and leaders who serve in congregations around the world. 


Chris and his wife, Jenifer have been married for 28 years and have two sons, 21 and 18. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 with a BA in Economics, received his CFP designation in 1992, and completed seminary in 2006.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by LifeWay (https://lifewaygenerosity.com)

Christian Stewardship Network (https://www.christianstewardshipnetwork.com)