How do you help people at your church grow in their generosity?
I was grateful to be part of Celebration Generosity at Community Christian this weekend. This once a year event is, well, a celebration of generosity. COMMUNITY gives away all of its offering for the entire weekend to four causes they believe in. For the past five years this has consistently been their largest offering! And they give it away!
NewThing is one of these causes and as the new Director I am humbled and appreciative for the financial support we receive. It’s vital to our mission of being a catalyst for a movement of reproducing churches.
So what’s this got to do with me you’re asking?
I want you to see how generosity increases when you demonstrate radical generosity. You might be nodding your head and saying, yeah–that’s right. And I suspect you’ve had to talk about giving with people and somewhere along the way you’ve told them God blesses generosity. Indeed, he does.
But are you giving people in your church plant the opportunity to see generosity?
If you really want people to grow in their generosity then one of the best things you can do is show them what it looks like. Perhaps it means giving away an entire weekend’s offering…or more. Perhaps it’s committing to a cause in your community with real dollars.
And keep in mind this isn’t about the amount. I know brand new churches that give so much away they have trouble balancing their budget. While it’s not wise to do this, it is evidence they ‘get’ radical generosity.
My point is that generosity isn’t a private affair. The more you can help people see all of the ways God calls the church the be generous, the more you help them see more clearly their own path to greater generosity.
Celebration Generosity is COMMUNITY’s way of being generous and teaching generosity. I invite you to think through what your own radical generosity might look like. If you need any help with that, let me know.
Here’s a bit I did for CelGen casting a bit of vision for NewThing.
Seriously, what would it look like for you to show the people in your church what radical generosity looks like?
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