Mr. Mike Ward
Partner with Gronlund Sayther Brunkow
Mike Ward is passionate about stewardship and how it can lead to renewal in the church. Mr. Ward is a Lutheran pastor as well as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is now a partner in the consulting firm GSB. He works with congregations and church institutions all across the country and across denominations. Mr. Ward’s clients include small startups that are just launching annual fund programs to established large institutions pondering multi-phase major appeals. Mr. Ward also works with eight church judicatories in planning, capital campaign, or in re-imagining regular funding streams as mission support continues to decline. He currently serves on the ELCA Church Council and was previously on the board of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. GSB has launched a congregational stewardship model that has demonstrated its efficacy in generating annual giving increases of 10-40% on average. This model is currently being piloted in the Greater Milwaukee Synod. Prior to joining GSB, Mr.Ward was VP of Advancement for NovusWay Ministries and prior to that served as youth and family pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Charlotte. Mr. Ward lives near Asheville, NC with his wife and two children. In his free time, he is a beekeeper.
Jesus Talked About Money...Why Don't You?
If we pay attention to our Lutheran theology, we can boldly lead our congregations to stronger stewardship ministry. Stewardship is about faith and our walk with Jesus. If Jesus is correct that “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also” (Mt. 6.21), then we don’t have the hearts of the majority of our members. The median Protestant gives far less than 1% of their income away to the church. The problem isn’t that they don’t have enough resources. Normally, the problem is a combination that we don’t have a bold enough vision for what God will do in our communities and in the world, and we have not evolved our tactics for attaining the financial gifts we need. We need to learn how to Inform, Motivate, Ask, and Thank people today to lead them to glad and generous hearts. Oh yeah, and we need to stop blaming the people who haven’t learned how to be generous since it has been the church that has been so slow to adapt our tactics for stewardship.
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