Leave Your Guns At the Door

Leave Your Guns At the Door

“Leave Your Guns At the Door.” That’s my newest Brooks Mantra.  It is also the title of this post.

I’m writing this in the aftermath of #SBC21 Southern Baptist’s recent Convention.  I didn’t go.  But looking at it through the lens of social media, as most did, it was ugly.

40% of my clients are Methodist. Mostly conservatives of the WCA variety.  The UMC set the bar for ugly when it comes to denominational social media attacks years ago. 

And then there is CRT.  Some of you, just reading CRT, caused your blood pressure to spike.  I have friends on both sides of this explosive issue.

Women in ministry?  Not touching that!  Here is why. 

You are reading this because you believe I can help your church, organization, or denomination improve stewardship and giving. If you’re a pastor, you just want help making budget this week.  You come here for insight and help into all things generosity-related. That’s what I am committed to bringing you every week. 

I work with anyone who is committed to fulfilling Matthew 28:18-20, The Great Commission.  You don’t pay me the big bucks for my political opinions.  You want to know how to keep the proverbial offering plate full so that you can do the things God has called you to do.  Some of you simply want to keep abreast of what is going on in the stewardship field.  Then you are in the right place.  The Stewardship Coach Platform is about helping one church at a time build financial security for the future.

If all of the above prattle fits you, then Welcome.  But, here is the thing, you gotta leave your guns at the door.  Guns?  All that denominational, political, societal, etc. stuff that can quickly divide us. “Stuff?  Those are crucial issues that must be addressed!” Yes.  Just not here.  Bring up a topic like women in ministry or CRT, and everyone draws their theological pistols and look out.  Your guns are your talking points, barbs, and holy slights against your foes.  Just hang those on the fence in the picture.  And, if you want to talk about giving, you’re welcome. But, you want to talk about other things, even and especially things I am passionate about; let’s take that somewhere else. 

Here we talk about all things stewardship and generosity related.  And we do so with dignity and respect to one another.  Even if you and I disagree about denominational issues, shouldn’t we still be able to help each other in other areas of ministry?

So, please leave your guns at the door. If you are interested in building financial security for your church check out the various levels of support from,

The Stewardship Coach Platform.

The Stewardship Coach Print Platform – $9.99 a month. Get my weekly newsletter The Stewardship Coach with key articles, samples, and a weekly offering talk PLUS all my seasonal playbooks for Easter, Summer giving, End of Year Giving, and more all for only $9.99 a month!

The Stewardship Coach Digital Platform – $365 Join my group teaching time held most Monday’s at 11 AM EST called, Monday Morning’s With Mark The Stewardship Coach. You will get my personal teaching for the week, and a chance to personally interact with me your stewardship coach! You also receive The Stewardship Coach and all seasonal playbooks.

The Stewardship Coach’s Personal Coaching Platform – $99 a month. This is like hiring me as your Minister of Stewardship. It’s a personalized approach. This is a great plan for any church 12-24 months out from a major capital project.

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I helped Joel Osteen raise $100 million dollars!  I can help you raise whatever capital dollars you need!  You know what? There are a ton of things theologically that Joel and I could have argued over that morning sitting at his dining room table. He didn’t ask me a litmus test of doctrinal questions. He simply needed help raising dollars. If that’s you, whether you need to increase this week’s offering or you need to raise what for you feels like $100 million, I’m your huckleberry! So, leave your guns at the door, and let’s talk stewardship!

Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach