How can I spread generosity at my church?

After attending the Journey of Generosity, Candace from Nigeria wrote:

The JOG is something I’d never forget in a hurry. It really touched my heart and left me asking the question. How can I encourage generosity in my church? Because I feel more people need to hear this and get affected as I was.”

 

Imagine a More Generous Church

How would your church change if your congregation caught God’s vision for living—and giving—generously?

Imagine a congregation in which needs are joyfully met and the abundance spills out into the surrounding community, and to the nations of the earth. We would all love to be at your church!

We’ve seen JOGs spread from pastors to the congregation. We’ve seen small groups decide to do JOGs together, and we’ve seen congregations get so excited about JOGs that they eventually bring their pastor along!

 

Along the way, here are a few things we’ve found:

 

Start with Your Church Leadership

If a pastor and elder board are willing to model generosity—and transparently share what they’re learning—the congregation will follow. We love to ensure that church leaders understand the JOG and bless it. When people start talking about money to their congregations, they can get nervous. Be patient and explain that there is no hidden agenda—the generosity movement is about developing disciples, not donors.

Imagine a congregation in which needs are joyfully met and the abundance spills out into the surrounding community, and to the nations of the earth. We would all love to be at your church!

Rarely will a congregation become more generous than its leaders. One time, I was encouraging a group of leaders to spread the message of generosity through JOGs. They confessed, “We want to, but we’ve been convicted and realized that we’re not living this yet. After we’re living it, then we’ll spread it.” That was two years ago, and now they’re spreading contagiously through their movement as people follow their example.

Practical Step: ­ The senior staff and board should read and then discuss the short ebook, Generosity Reset by Patrick Johnson (available at GenerousChurch.org). Is your church ready for these resets?

 

Change Places to Change Priorities

Once the staff and board embrace biblical generosity—not as “fundraising” but as an expression of the Gospel—the church should sponsor a one-night retreat for staff, board and spouses.

Practical Step: Th­ousands of Christians in dozens of countries annually experience Generosity Path’s “Journey of Generosity”. We provide the materials and the trained facilitator. Your church provides the venue and the food for a 24-hour retreat. Why do hundreds of givers and churches host these retreats for their leaders and key givers? Visit whyattend.org to learn more.

 

Develop a Plan for Proclamation, Education, and Celebration

A church can be like a ship – powerful, but hard to turn. To reorient, churches orchestrate a month-long generosity focus unattached to a giving campaign. This focus includes proclamation from the pulpit, small group coordination, and celebrating stories of the congregation’s own acts of generosity, from children giving an offering to adoption to acts of hospitality. People imitate what we celebrate!

Practical Step: From sermon outlines to small group studies (Over­flow, available at GenerousChurch.org) to devotionals on generosity, we help you find resources to spread whole-life generosity throughout your church.

 

May you have a radically generous church, and let us know how we can help you spread the joy of giving.

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