I love ministering to God’s people. As I travel, I minister in many churches throughout the world, usually on the subject of Biblical finances. Often, I am asked to minister in financial conventions within a local church and it always helps the local pastor and church. I appreciate every opportunity that I have to fulfill my calling and to help build the local church.
A big part of my ministry includes ministering to ministers. God has made me a specialist in training minsters to build the financial base of the local church. In the last few years, the Lord has impressed upon me to conduct intensive financial conventions for ministers. These conventions are in addition to my existing ministry.
It’s a calling and anointing.
We have all known ministers that had callings to minister certain Biblical subjects and those subjects became the primary focus of their ministry. I minister on many subjects but “building the financial base of the local church” is a calling upon my life. While I have been in ministry for thirty-five years, it was in 1986 that I received the understanding of my calling to minister on Biblical finances. The Lord has put inside of me a strong desire to help local pastors and churches fulfill the will of God for their lives.
With every calling comes an anointing. I would not be able to do what I do without a tremendous measure of grace. The subject of Biblical finances is the most controversial subject in the Bible. The pure doctrine that builds the local church finances is highly resisted both by opposing spiritual forces and by carnal Christians. Also, there is a tremendous amount of “hireling” preachers circulating in the churches taking advantage of God’s people financially. However, God has anointed me to overcome every opposing force. That anointing can also be imparted to others.
There must be proper focus to have results.
I minister in many churches as I travel. Usually, I am requested to speak on finances. I know by years of experience that significant and lasting results in the church concerning finances takes a lot more than one or two services. However, if the pastor has a good understanding of Biblical finances and has ministered effectively to his people, then what I can bring to that church will be effective and lasting.
To gain a solid understanding of any subject there must be a concentrated focus. Biblical finances is also one of the most extensive subjects in the Bible. To gain a solid and functional understanding of this subject requires a very close focus - and time.
There are many purposes for God’s people to gather together. Too often, the same model for having a meeting is used to have every meeting. Not every gathering is for the purpose of worship, and not every gathering is for the purpose of teaching. Attempting to combine every aspect of our practices in every meeting reduces the effectiveness of all aspects.
The financial conventions I conduct are not worship conventions and they are not celebration conventions. These conventions are intensive times for teaching, training and impartation to ministers. The focus remains on these three aspects.
Also, every minister knows how the anointing works best in their lives. The anointing on my life for finances is strongest when I am allowed to flow in the way I know is best for it. This situation does not always exist when I am brought into another environment where the flow is different than what is helpful to me.
Training in Biblical finances is needed.
I have not seen adequate teaching and training on Biblical finances in existing ministry preparation venues. The proof is that in every place I go there is a lack of finances. Seminaries and Bible training centers do not adequately deal with the subject in a way that equips the minister in the subject. A “general” knowledge of the subject is not enough to overcome one of the greatest challenges a pastor will face - having enough money.
When you do things the Bible way you get God’s results. Often, I find that the knowledge base in the ministry is not Biblical. Again, proof of this is that there exists a lack of finances. The Bible is very clear about why problems exist.
(Hosea 4:6 ESV) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
If we are not getting the results that are needed, then we either lack understanding, or the knowledge we have is not correct. This is a difficult truth for some to accept but the greatest challenge I face is ministers that think they already know the subject but do not have results they need. Some say to me, “That’s not the way we do it here.” They insist that their culture is unique and that things have to be done differently.
One day the Lord gave me a story to share, and I often tell this when I travel.
“There was a very wealthy man who had a son living in a far away land. The son called and said to his father, “I have cancer but there are no doctors here that can cure me. They have given me a few months to live.” The father says to the son, “I will send a specialist to come and treat you.” The specialist arrives and tells the son what he must do to be healed and the son says to the specials, “That isn’t the way we do it here.” So the son died.
Again, if our current knowledge is not working then we need to change our thinking.
I repeatedly receive testimonies and feedback from ministers that received the insight they needed at these conventions and it changes their church. Often, ministers leave the conventions with a new hope and encouragement because they can now see a way out of their financial problems. Small adjustments in understanding can yield tremendous results.
Financial need is an issue of discipleship.
There is no Biblical model of the saints being externally inspired to contribute financially. Yet, many methods have been employed to inspire people to give. Needing to be inspired to give is an indication that the saints have not been discipled.
There is a difference between leading the people and inspiring the people. I will address leading the people in more detail in a later paragraph.
This is such a controversial issue that I feel I need to Biblically prove this point at this time, I will give you three accounts in the Bible.
Jesus watches people give.
(Mark 12:41–44 ESV) “And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
It was the practice of the time for the people to “bring” the tithes and offerings to the Temple. There was a treasury and people would come and go when they were at the Temple. No formal offering was being received and the people were not being inspired to give. Since, under the Law, tithing was commanded, the people were expected to obey. The above account was a voluntary and sacrificial offering made by a poor widow - it was between her and God.
Moses builds the Tabernacle.
(Exodus 25:1–2 KJV) “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.”
This is an example of leadership. God directs an offering to be received and it is announced to the people. Over time, the people began to bring what was asked for and eventually had to be restrained from giving more.
God only wanted those people to participate in the offering that wanted to give. God only wanted to receive from people that had giving in their heart. This proves it was a self motivated offering.
Paul receives from the Macedonians.
(2 Corinthians 8:1–4 AMP) “WE WANT to tell you further, brethren, about the grace (the favor and spiritual blessing) of God which has been evident in the churches of Macedonia [arousing in them the desire to give alms]; For in the midst of an ordeal of severe tribulation, their abundance of joy and their depth of poverty [together] have overflowed in wealth of lavish generosity on their part. For, as I can bear witness, [they gave] according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability; and [they did it] voluntarily, Begging us most insistently for the favor and the fellowship of contributing in this ministration for [the relief and support of] the saints [in Jerusalem].”
Paul received no formal offering. The Macedonians were self motivated to give as a result of grace. In other words, God was doing it. It says that they did it voluntarily. The fact that the Macedonians “begged” Paul to take the offering is proof that Paul received no formal offering and the people were self motivated to give.
Until the saints of God are discipled correctly concerning Biblical finances there will always be a lack of finances in the church. The saints are to finance the ministry as a matter of discipleship and not by being externally inspired to give.
Leading financially is not the same as financial knowledge.
The people of God need something to follow, and it could not be more true than in the area of finances.
Every pastor or minister is a leader. However, I find that there is very little information and training available on leading God’s people financially. Having some knowledge of Biblical finances does not prepare a person to lead financially, and there is a difference.
The Bible has quite a lot to say about “how” God’s people should be led in the area of finances but there is a lack of teaching on it. Often, need for finances dictates the approach to the subject instead. I have found, and experienced, that when you lead God’s people properly that they respond willingly and appropriately.
Ministers often get their viewpoints on leading financially from observing other ministers in another setting. In my early years I know that is what I did. However, this doesn’t necessarily provide Biblical training on the subject.
I provide pastors and leaders Biblical truths concerning how to lead financially. These truths I have not only researched from the Bible, but I apply them in my own ministry. When pastors learn the principles of leading financially, it gives them a great confidence that God will provide for what He has directed them to do knowing they are leading in the way God would have them lead His people.
Every ministry needs money to fulfill the call of God. God has a simple and effective plan for financing the ministry that, when understood and followed, will produce.
I believe that pastors and ministers need times together for the Lord to minister to them without the sheep present. Jesus would often draw His disciples apart and minister to them. The intention of Scott Ross Ministries is to help pastors build the financial base of the local church. I have found that the most effective venue for this to occur is in an intensive pastors and ministers conference designed specifically around teaching, training and impartation.