In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Rob Taylor, former offensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Bucs and current Stewardship Pastor at Idlewild Baptist Church just outside of Tampa, FL. During their conversation, they discuss what a Stewardship Pastor does all week long.
“We don’t want our people to think of stewardship as just treasure or money, but it’s obviously time and money and the stewardship of the truth.”
“As the pastor is looking for someone, it may be someone who has some education in the area of money, but is for sure someone who is practicing it in their own life.”
“When it comes to my unique role as Stewardship Pastor, I have key ministry areas which are the detail of what I do with my time on a daily basis.”
“If we are going to establish this culture of Stewardship and Generosity, it should start with kids and students and young adults.”
“I am not a fundraiser. My role is discipleship and teaching people what God says in His Word about handling money.”
“If the stewardship ministry becomes a vehicle designed to raise more money for the church, that’s going to hurt the success of the stewardship ministry.”
“If the only time a pastor talks about giving and stewardship is when the budget is down it gives a bad image to the congregation.”
Rob was saved at the age of 6 through the influence of his parents and the children’s ministry at the local church he attended in Dayton, Ohio. Rob currently serves as the Pastor of Financial Stewardship and Men’s ministry at Idlewild Baptist Church and also serves as the Executive Director of The Idlewild Foundation. His goal is to equip God’s people to learn and apply God’s financial principles and to create a culture of generosity within the Idlewild family. Rob teaches a variety of financial classes to all age groups and also coordinates the Budget Coaching and Benevolence Ministries at Idlewild. Prior to serving at Idlewild, Rob owned and operated Taylor and Williams, Inc., along with his business partner, a practice that specializes in financial planning and investment management. He also played football professionally for 11 years as an offensive tackle where he spent his last 8 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rob also attended Northwestern University where he received his BS degree in electrical engineering. The titles that Rob cherishes the most are Christ-Follower, Susan’s husband and Kelby, Kelley, Kent and Kyle’s dad.