Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church
How to approach a board member who isn’t engaging with the church’s mission.
Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church
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In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com.

I have a board member who wants a new vision and direction for our church. Also, he told me that he hasn’t given to the church in nine months. Now what?

I wish that I hadn’t heard that one before! I’d suggest that you set up a six-month period to walk with him through the vision and ministries of your church. Let him know that you hope he can get on board as you have focused discussions. If he can’t, then it is probably God’s time for him to rotate off of the board.

Giving to your church can’t be a weapon that is brandished to get one’s way. We give because we respond to God’s grace in our lives. My favorite rabbi said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). So the board member is telling you that his heart is not in your church’s ministry. Seek to engage his heart.

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