Steward Leaders of faith-based non-profits and churches have a value proposition in their portfolio in addition to the three we previously discussed (here, here and here): worship. As Mark Vincent describes in “Stewardship Manifest”, page 4:
Worship “is a stewardship rooted in an experience with grace that branches out into a worshipful response.”
(You can get the Stewardship Manifest by clicking the button below).
When we propose that the organization, cause, or church that we steward is a means for those who have received God’s grace and become a part of his greater work to respond in worship demonstrates significant value in our organization. This value proposition now connects what we do with the most sacred things people encounter, and connects the organization with the broad sweep of salvation history.
Creating this kind of value proposition requires that Steward Leaders do not assign sacrosanctity to all of their own actions and those of their organization. This kind of value proposition increases the accountability requirements, since now everything the organization does occurs directly in God’s name. This is a significant challenge. Churches and faith-based non-profits must balance between questioning motivation too much and not questioning it enough in order to maintain organizational health. At times, it seems that donors to churches want to keep some of the veil up between their gifts and the actual expenditures on payroll, programs and payables, so as to help them maintain the sacred distance between their gift and its use. Other donors seem to have no use for the worship motivation and want to see every penny used as they want it to be. This does not typically reflect a worship attitude.
Worship is a highly valuable proposition for an organization, but it has its challenges.
Do you offer worship as a value proposition for your organization? How do you manage the challenges?