"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

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Why preach?

The pastor's purpose in preaching is not to ask for something from our people but to declare to them what God has done for them in Christ and what he or she desires for them as Christian disciples. It is in the preaching that we connect our giving to God's gift in Christ, our generosity to God's grace (2 Cor. 8:9).
Alongside the written literature, the preaching series is one of the core elements, one of the twin pillars, of any stewardship initiative in the local church. The pulpit is not the place for asking for the money; that responsibility lies with the clergy letter. The pulpit is uniquely the place where we talk about what God has done for us before we think about any response we might make personally. Good stewardship preaching will focus not just on giving but on all aspects of financial discipleship; it will be an all-year-round task not confined to an annual sermon or the stewardsip programme when money is short. It pays, therefore, to think about who should preach the word.