We live in one of the most affluent countries during the most affluent time in world history. Giving as a percentage of income among American Christians is 2 1/2 – 3%. (lower than during the Great Depression)
5 Key Lessons – Creating a Culture of Generosity
1. Generous churches are led by generous leaders – Can’t take people where you haven’t been. – The culture of the church reflects the lives of the leaders (Andy Stanley)
2. Generous churches have an integrated communications strategy. – Leverage all communication platforms to talk about the joy of a generous life. – You need to say thank you. Say thank you when you take the offering. – Tell stories. Celebrate what God is doing about time, talent, treasure.
3. They have a gospel focus – Where the gospel is deep there is a generosity culture. – 2 Corinthians 8:9
4. Generous churches have an integrated discipleship strategy. – At the core of generosity/stewardship is discipleship. – You can’t serve God and money. 4 types of stewards – struggling – stable – solid – surplus
5. Generous churches are externally focused. Where you are reaching out, making an impact, there you see people giving their time, talent, and treasure for the Kingdom. Dollar for dollar concept – for every dollar spent on themselves, they are going to give a dollar outside the Kingdom.
1. How will you implement these 5 diagnostics in your ministry?
2. Who are the people in your church you need to share these 5 Keys with?