How can you inspire stewardship, generosity and giving in your church? Here are six big ideas to consider. (Excerpted from Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard)
1. Build trust: All charitable funding is given in an atmosphere of trust. Leverage the weekend worship experience by building trust in all you do.
2. Cast (and re-cast) vision: People have to be constantly reminded of the vision of ministry of the church because vision leaks.
3. Shape culture: You can have great vision, but bad culture will cause problems in implementing it. As church consultant Sam Chand has said, “Toxic culture trumps vision.”
4. Demonstrate impact: Showing givers the results of their giving is like showing them a return on their investments, and people direct their charitable giving to where they see results.
5. Enhance relationships: People give to people, motivated by need and results. Build relationships with a broad spectrum of the people in your church in order to invite them to get involved.
6. Highlight good stewardship: Churches that practice good stewardship with the money that is given them earn givers’ respect. Look for obvious signs of waste or excess and let your people know about key decisions you more efficiently use the funds entrusted to your church.
If you and your team want to focus on accelerating giving in your church, you may want to check out Leadership Network’s Generous Churches Leadership Community. This Leadership Community will help your team shape a plan to create a culture of giving and stewardship. Churches that have participated in previous Generous Churches Leadership Community have seen dramatic results including an increase in per capita giving and number of giving units.
This fantastic group of churches will include Oakhills Church, Granger Community Church, Richwoods Christian Church and other well led and effective ministries and will meet four times during the eighteen month period. What about your church? There are still some spots left.
This Leadership Community launches April 16-18, 2014. The fee is just $8000 per church team for the entire length of the community, that’s four meetings in the Leadership Network collaboration studio in Dallas, TX. Participation is by application and invitation only.