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5 Characteristics of Generous Churches

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Generosity stands in direct opposition to our sin nature. After all most of us don’t wake up thinking about someone else’s day. But what we have to get done today sure has a tendency to consume our thoughts. Fortunately for us we have a generous God. After all “For God so loved the world that he GAVE His only Son,” Jesus gave His life, as a ransom for many, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives spiritual gifts. And God expects his church to reflect his personality and characteristics through becoming generous. To that end, here are 5 characteristics that all generous churches have in common:

Trusted Leadership

People don’t just give to churches that they believe in, they give to churches that they trust. Unfortunately trust is easy for church leaders to break. The 3 most common culprits are ingratitude, the appearance of waste, and duplicity (follow this link to learn more about these).

Teach a Proper Concept

Churches that are generous are consistently taught a proper biblical perspective of generosity. It’s not just mentioned in the occasional sermon or teaching series but it is consistently dripped in week after week.

A Compelling Story

If the story of your church doesn’t compel you and those closest to the core to be generous, it’s not going to compel anyone else to be generous either.

An Engaged Audience

Generous churches meet people where they are and lead people to join in, take personal ownership, and ask the question “What’s my role.”

A Spirit of Faith Not Fear

A spirit of faith drives generous churches. What are you trusting God for that you haven’t trusted Him for before?

Want to know more about building a culture of generosity in your church? Check out this 2-part blog post on “Engaging the Givers in Your Church.”


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2 Responses to “5 Characteristics of Generous Churches”

  1. Darren March 3, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Paul, concise, applicable and true. great work on sharing these important characteristics. Especially loved you verbalizing these culprits of trust – “The 3 most common culprits are ingratitude, the appearance of waste, and duplicity” Good “checks’ for every church to consider. Love it!

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