The Stewardship Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and coordination of stewardship development activities in the church, leading and supporting all activities to accomplish the church’s stewardship strategy. This includes establishing and championing an annual Stewardship Plan that details stewardship teaching methods, timing, and themes; special offering projects, timing, and promotions; planning and execution of periodic capital fundraising campaigns; and establishment and execution of donor recognition and development processes.
Essential Job Functions
- Lead paid staff and volunteers in establishing, implementing, and ongoing direction of programs that effectively accomplish the church’s overall stewardship strategy.
- As part of the church’s annual Strategic Planning Process, develop and document an annual Stewardship Plan and champion its execution throughout the year.
- Serve as a member of the Service Design Team at various times of the year as dictated by the stewardship teaching and special offering schedules, participating in idea generation sessions and other service design activities.
- Support the Senior Pastor in developing teaching illustrations and other materials needed to conduct periodic stewardship teaching series as part of the church’s overall sermon/event calendar.
- Facilitate annual “tithing challenges” and other similar methods employed by the church to help people learn about and practice generosity and biblical stewardship in their lives as Christ-followers.
- Organize and lead annual special offerings, identify missions and other projects requiring funding, complete promotional plans (stage announcements, videos, correspondence, etc.), and report progress toward publicized goals.
- Function as Campaign Director or otherwise lead the execution of periodic capital fundraising campaigns, including consultation, planning, overall execution, and periodic reporting.
- Identify and champion periodic classes and other types of training for congregants, keeping the importance of good family financial management and generosity in people’s minds and helping them develop and employ effective financial management tools and techniques.
- Establish and implement “people processes” that help the church recognize and follow up with first-time donors and identify donors who have reduced or even stopped their church’s financial support to answer questions and resolve issues.
- Implement visible measures (KPMs) that help church leaders to understand the “donor universe,” keeping track of trends and overall church stewardship progress.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
This position requires a minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience as a church leader, having demonstrated good stewardship and understanding of good financial management practices. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree is required. The successful individual must have a proven track record of effective leadership, judgment, and above reproach character. Working knowledge of Church Management Software (Church Community Builder) and other related donor development applications (MortarStone Donor Analytics) is also required.