5 Things You Need to Ask Your Generosity Team To Do

by | December 7, 2017

You’ve begun the generosity revolution and are doing the generosity dance! Before you invite people to join the revolution, you need to know exactly what you are asking them to do. What will be the generosity team tasks?

Remember what your generosity revolution is all about.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created in the image of a loving, giving, and generous God.  We believe real life, true liberty, and eternal joy are only realized when we live lives of abundant generosity and sacrificial love. (excerpt from Generosity Rising by Scott McKenzie)

No one wants to join a team to fund a budget or help the church pay its bills. People want to participate in something that makes a difference…an eternal difference! When you invite people to participate on your generosity team, you are inviting them to lead people to “places of surpassing importance” and to do “stuff that matters.”

They [leaders] want to do stuff that matters…great leaders are not merely great at leading.  They are great at inducing others to take on novel journeys to places of surpassing importance. (Re-imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age by Tom Peters)

As you invite faithful, sacrificial, and prayerful givers to join your generosity team, what specifically are you asking them to do?

Here are 5 generosity team tasks for your team.

  1. Learn the fundamental importance of generosity. Offer generosity/stewardship study materials for all age groups and make stewardship education a priority.
  2. Connect donations received with the church’s ability to accomplish its mission and vision. Frequently tell stories of how your church is transforming people’s lives. Do this through sharing in worship, on your website, and other church communications. For a powerful example of how to tell the life-changing stories happening in your church, see cardboard testimonies. Imagine the stories in your church!
  3. Communicate the importance of generosity, giving, and tithing to all new members. Be bold and courageous! Create very clear expectations on what church membership really means.
  4. Remember that gratitude is fundamental to generosity. Say thank you to your givers often and in multiple ways.
  5. Build intentional prayer into all stewardship/generosity efforts. Continually ask people to pray, “God what do you want to do through me?”


As you invite others to join you in the generosity dance, you will no longer be a lone nut, but a part of a movement that brings with it real life, true liberty, and eternal joy.


Blessings on your journey and let the revolution begin!


Did you miss Part 1: How to Lead a Generosity Revolution,  Part 2: If You Want to Be a Revolutionary, Recruit the Right Generosity Team or Part 3: Recruit a Generosity Team: The Big Picture of the series?  Click on the title you missed to read the first three installments in the series.


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