In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Zach Terry, Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church Fernandino Beach, FL. During their conversation, they discuss how a pastor can grow his generosity leadership.
“Watching how the church engaged with my father as a very poor man all the way through being wealthy was a front row seat in education for learning generosity ministry.”
“If you have someone who is wealthy and able to bring their influence to bear on the gospel and the church, let them give.”
“When we approach our ministry as pastors, we have to think like missionaries and look at the culture we are in and reverse engineer how we can best present the gospel to these people.”
“Within the church, I began to think about the church as the Affluent, the Burdened, and the Comfortable.”
“I began to study the affluent as a people group and I realized that they fit every dynamic of a mission field.”
“The people who leverage gospel patrons best are the parachurch organizations.”
“I believe that if the church is doing it right, the church will fund the parachurch organizations or they won’t be necessary.”
“If we don’t have a vision broad enough for their generosity, they will find somebody who does.”
Zach Terry is a generosity catalyst. He is known for his ability to develop strategies that engage, develop and leverage high capacity donors for Christ-centered ministries. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, from which he received the Westminster John Knox Press Award. In 2016, he was honored as one of the Connect Faith’s “Agents of Change”. He has led churches in Kentucky and Alabama prior to his current post as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL. Most importantly, Zach enjoys family life with his wife, Julie, son Cole, and two daughters, Carly and Caitlyn.
Gospel Patrons by John Rhinehart