Churches that have embraced a culture of generosity have avoided talking about giving money or other possessions to the church. To do so would conflict with the purpose of the stewardship ministry, which is to communicate what the church wants for its people, not from its people. Leadership Network’s concept paper, Avoiding the Money Conflict: How to Ask for Money in a Culture that Has Avoided Fundraising, previously published by Alexis Wilson, discusses what some churches have done to successfully navigate the waters of capital campaigns.
Here are some great quotes from the paper:
“Giving is more about the need of the giver to give than the recipient to receive.”
“Tithing is an opportunity for generosity and an opportunity to educate people about giving.”
“Don’t tiptoe around the subject, don’t be secretive about it. Talk Straight.”
“Teach about money when you don’t need any. Let them chew on it. Work on their hearts, and their behavior will change.”
“When the Church has a need, major donors are wondering why their pastor isn’t talking to them.”
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