If your church is planning to bring a stewardship pastor on board, you might be wondering what to include in your job posting. We’ve created a sample job description that gives some general guidelines to the key responsibilities, character qualities and skills you might want to watch for. Keep in mind that every church has unique needs, so feel free to adapt this to fit your situation. A stewardship pastor plays a huge role in leading a church toward ongoing financial discipleship and a culture of stewardship, and it’s by no means a one-size-fits-all position! And remember that your senior pastor’s support is crucial for the congregation to understand and believe in this new mission.
Job Title: Stewardship Pastor
Reports to: Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Campus Pastor (depending on structure)
Job Purpose: The stewardship pastor is responsible for overseeing the stewardship ministry of the congregation and discipling the church body to live out true biblical stewardship in every aspect of their lives. This is accomplished through a variety of curricula, resources, ministry partnerships and one-on-one support.
1. Oversee operation, functionality and growth of stewardship ministry.
2. Lead any volunteers or staff who serve within the ministry.
4. Seek out new areas of need and develop resources to help meet them.
5. Plan, promote and coordinate church-wide stewardship efforts.
6. Develop partnerships with other ministries within the church that encourage members to view these areas through the lens of stewardship.
7. Maintain a network of outside contacts in the community who can offer further biblically based support to church members beyond the scope of the ministry’s capabilities.
8. Oversee growth of ministry as required, including hiring/recruiting new staff or volunteers.
9. Serve as a confidential resource and coach for church members who need support.
10. Serve as a model and representative of biblical stewardship.
11. Be available for occasional crisis situations and offer support, counseling and referrals to appropriate outside resources.
12. Speak on stewardship issues and give ministry and event updates to church body, as needed.
The ideal candidate should possess the following attributes:
Kind and warm-hearted, but results-oriented and passionate. Should be able to relate to those in a variety of life situations and sympathize with them. Christlike generosity is a non-negotiable.
Must live out true stewardship personally in all areas of life. If married, should have a solid, God-focused marriage and family life. Should be transparent about past stewardship struggles and successes. Should be excited to extend stewardship beyond individuals and to nurture a culture of generosity that serves as the heart of the church. This position should be viewed as creating a transformational movement that will have an impact on every area of life.
Specific Job Skills:
Able to speak publicly in a church setting and coach individuals one-on-one. Should be able to lead a team, plan and coordinate events, and curate a library of resources to use in class and workshop settings. Ability to write curricula and teach own classes is a plus.
Should have formal pastoral experience and be well versed in theology.
Must possess excellent interpersonal skills. Coaching skills are preferred. Ability to network with like-minded professionals and establish working relationships as resources for the ministry is a must.
Lead volunteers and staff who work within the ministry. Hire, train and guide growing staff as the ministry needs expand. During large stewardship-focused church events, be able to build partnerships with other ministries’ volunteers and staff.
Now that you have a basic idea of a stewardship pastor’s role in a church environment, it’s important to remember what it’s not. Your new team member will take on lots of responsibilities overseeing your stewardship ministry, but he shouldn’t be asked to oversee fundraising or benevolence. Too many churches make stewardship about these two things and nothing else, and it leaves people with a false understanding of true stewardship. So, if your church chooses to practice these things, that’s fine, but don’t assign them to the stewardship ministry. Keep the focus on stewardship as a lifestyle to be lived, not an event to be planned, and your people will appreciate and embrace stewardship like they never have before.