Generosity is not something that Jesus wants from you. It’s something He wants for you. Generous churches and church leaders who understand the generous nature of the God that we serve help the people in their churches become more generous.
1. Never use Guilt as a Motivator
People feel bad enough about themselves; they don’t need churches to make it worse. Attach giving to celebration, joy and obedience.
2. Say it Over, and Over, and Over Again
Clear is always better than clever or cute. Churches that consistently teach and say the same thing about money do a better job with this.
3. Stay Away from a Prosperity Gospel
Giving is not a tactic to manipulate or get something from God but rather give something to God.
Connect generosity to your identity. For example, “We are a serving/giving community.” “We are a multiplying/outreach church.” “We are here because the generation before us gave.”
5. Simple Clear Method
Make it easy for people to participate through online giving, text giving, and reoccurring automatic withdrawal.
6. Celebrate Life-Change
Lead with the mission and put life-change on display. This reminds people that it’s all about people meeting Jesus and their lives changing…not money.
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