Giving is an integral part of our worship and relationship with God.
We serve a gracious and generous God. God is a lavish giver. He gives us life and breath. He gave us Jesus. He gives us every spiritual blessing in Christ. He gives us His Holy Spirit to lead, guide us, and empower us. He gives us a hope for the future. We are created in the image of God so we have the privilege and responsibility to reflect God in His generosity.
Generosity is a life skill and a lifestyle. It has less to do with how much we give than how much we retain. Most of us have to work hard to be generous – it doesn’t often come naturally and we learn by reflecting on the incredible generosity of God to us and by being surrounded by generous people and practising generosity in the context of church. It is amazing when you get to be around people who understand that it is more blessed to give then to receive. (Acts 20:35)
Here are four top tips to help promote a culture of generosity in your church:
- Teach clearly and directly about giving and generosity in our churches
- Talk openly, honestly and regularly about giving – as regularly as we discuss whether we liked the music this week, or who is on the flower rota. Jesus talked more about money than nearly anything else!
- Plan for generosity and make it really easy for people to give. Not everyone carries cash, do you have alternative ways for people to give, through standing orders, direct debits, websites, card readers, text giving etc.
- Live and model a generous lifestyle, from the church leaders and the PCC right through the whole congregation.
People with a generous can be seen not only on a Sunday but throughout week. Once you have the culture of generosity in your church you will see it spread, from giving to your local Foodbank, volunteering at the winter night shelter, or just being a generous driver and giving others the right of way!
If you’d like to talk more about promoting the culture of generosity in your church please do get in touch.