In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gunnar Johnson, former Stewardship Pastor, author, and President of Learn Generosity. During their conversation, they discuss how pastors leading a small or medium size church can start a generosity ministry.
“The very first thing every pastor has to do is they have to have a conviction from the Lord on why they are going to teach on money.”
“Everyone realizes the church needs money to operate, so you are dealing with a touchy subject to begin with.”
“I would recommend you do not touch this subject until you are walking it out.”
“People that love money, you are going to insult their god, and they are going to get offended.”
“Talk about worshiping the Lord with the use of your resources and generosity.”
“Don’t go at this alone. You don’t need to. There are a lot of people who will support you.”
“Don’t just make this about giving. There are so many other topics in the Scriptures about money.”
“A lot of your top givers give a lot of money outside the church because they don’t feel like your vision is big enough for their investment.”
Before founding Generosity and Stewardship Strategies and co-founding Financial Freedom International, Gunnar Johnson was a local church Pastor and business owner. He had the privilege of serving as an Executive Stewardship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake Texas for 11 years. Prior to Gateway Church, Gunnar served for 2 years as a Stewardship Minister at the The Hills Church in North Richland Hills, Texas. Prior to 13 years of vocational ministry he owned a Drywall business in Florida, and a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning company in Texas while serving on staff with Howard Dayton and Larry Burkett at Crown Financial Ministry.
Gunnar has a passion for teaching Biblical Generosity and Financial Stewardship to individuals, churches, non-profits and businesses. He loves watching how they grow through the power of God’s Word.
You can learn more about Gunnar’s ministry here: www.learngenerosity.com.