Are You Building Disciples?
One of the questions I get asked most often is, “How will a Capital Campaign affect my weekly offerings?” The answer is simple, but not necessarily easy. As your members prayerfully listen to God’s leading and become more generous, you should see your ministry budget giving increase, but…it depends on you. Are you building disciples?
It depends on your view of stewardship. Are you building disciples?
Generosity is a reflection of the heart. A growing Christian is characterized by becoming more generous – not just financially, but certainly not excluding it. As a church leader, are you leading by example and therefore free to teach with integrity?
It depends on your view of the tithe. Are you building disciples?
At Horizons Stewardship, we believe and teach that generosity begins, not ends, with the observance of God’s tithe (the returning of the first 10% of one’s income) to the ministry budget of your church. Therefore, all communication in our campaigns speaks to gifts “over and above” what one is giving to the ministry budget of the Church. Generosity begins with the observance of the tithe and grows throughout the life of a disciple. A biblically-based capital campaign is simply an invitation to grow one’s dependence on God as provider.
It depends on your intentionality. Are you building disciples?
Do you have a plan to grow generous stewards in your church? Are you working your plan? Do you measure household stewardship growth indicators? Are you learning best practices from others? Are you saying thank you? Do you celebrate what you want people to duplicate?
During a conversation with a client, I realized some pastors and churches just “get it.” They are learners and leaders. My client spoke enthusiastically about having already received over 50% of their campaign commitments in the first year of their three-year campaign and that they are also experiencing a budget surplus! The result is not at all surprising. This church’s leaders understand stewardship, they tithe, and are choosing to be intentional. Most importantly, they are building disciples. Great stuff. Praise God!
Note: This blog was originally published on May 15, 2013