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How to Improve Your Millennial Giving Right Now

Millennial donors are considered the Holy Grail for most churches. Pastors are often heard saying, “If only we could get those young families to begin pledging…” thinking it will solve the church’s problems. However, most churches fail to engage Millennial giving.... read more

Giving and Growth Among the Top 200 United Methodist Churches

Over the last 10 years, I have been tracking data from the largest United Methodist congregations in America. Through this work, I have uncovered some interesting relationships between giving and growth among the top 200 churches in average worship attendance. You can... read more

How to Inspire a Revolution and Join the Generosity Movement

What if you could inspire a revolution in how your church thinks about money? What if people were to join you in a generosity movement? It all begins here: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created in the image of a loving, giving, and... read more

How Healthy is Your Church? Three Easy Ways to Check

Just as a doctor looks at presenting symptoms to diagnose problems with the body, a pastor can look at a set of symptoms to diagnose problems with the spirit. Identifying these problems can help pastors and church leaders take steps to create a healthy church. I have... read more

The Top 5 Ways To Accidentally Reduce Church Giving

In my over forty years of ministry, I have never heard a pastor say he/she has more money than the church needs. I have certainly found pastors who shared that their people were very generous or that they had out-given their budget, but never that they had too much.... read more

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Do You Know What Motivates People to Give?

Horizons is pleased to announce the launch of Giving Intelligence — a video series offering helpful advice from the Horizons team of generosity experts. Leading off is Horizons’ Founder, Clif Christopher, author of several books on giving including, Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate and his most recent, God vs. Money.

 

Do you know why Americans choose to give to a specific cause?

As a church leader, are you appealing to your congregation based on these reasons?

 

In this first in a series, Clif identifies the three reasons why people say they choose to give. These reasons have important implications for churches, especially during these times of intense competition for charitable dollars. Click below to view the first Giving Intelligence series video.

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Church This Year

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Where are People Meeting Jesus in Your Church?

I get all the effort made to engage donors … I really do!  That attention and work is important for the success of your mission and ministry.  People might be moved to donate a little something for a variety of reasons.  Baby steps, right?  Grow people where you can and as widely as you can. But, how do you develop stewards?

 

How do people move from being donors to being stewards?

 

That goal is not accomplished with a fund-raising or a data-mining strategy.  Please, I am not picking on good, intentional, data-smart, fundraising strategies … great stuff that everyone should be doing to open the doors.  But how do people move from donor-ism to stewardship?

 

Stewardship, I am convinced, is about a conversion experience –

not a moves management chart.

 

Stewardship is a leap of faith, not a next step in giving. Stewardship is a life change, not a habit adjustment.  Stewardship is a joyful expression, not a dutiful chore.  Stewardship is about the possibilities and potential in the world beyond myself.  Stewardship is a life-altering choice that changes perspective, priorities, and my fundamental definition of who I am.  So, how do you invite people to that place?

 

The story of Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10) speaks volumes here.  Find a bible and read the short story right now. Besides being a “wee little man,” Zaccheus was a sinner (welcome to the club) and, of all god-awful things, a political tool tax collector.  But he was curious about Jesus.  Jesus noticed Zaccheus and invited himself to dinner at Zaccheus’s home.  We do not know what they did or what they talked about (it is a very short story).  We do know that Zaccheus decided to radically change his life in some very specific and very real financial ways. Jesus had something to say about the radical changes Zaccheus made.

 

Jesus’s response was not, “Good job upping your pledge this year!”

Jesus’s response was, “SALVATION has come to this house today.”

 

Salvation – that is a really big deal (which stewardship follows as an expression)! Perhaps we have been missing a step in our stewardship strategies.  Perhaps we should also be focusing on how we provide the contexts and experiences leading people to exclaim that salvation has come to this house this day!

 

How do you get people to meet Jesus?

 

Not just to meet your church or your people or your programs or your fellowship, but to actually meet Jesus?  I am not trying to be terribly trite or ridiculously religious here; but I am asking an important question – how do you invite people to meet Jesus in your church?

 

Stewardship is a result of connecting meaningful, transformational, conversion experiences to a clear sense of missional purpose and personal action.

 

 

Where does that happen in your church?  In intentional small groups?  Through hands-on mission opportunities?  In deep relationships?  In being the very presence and body of Christ?  Probably not just in fantastic stewardship campaigns, awesome sermons, and cool programs.

 

I can help you raise more money.  I can help you clarify your mission and call to action.  I can help you to build trust and confidence.  I can help you be more successful in all of these areas. All worthwhile stuff!  But I cannot transform your life and make you a Steward.  I can not bring salvation to your house. Only a real encounter with Jesus can do that.  So, again, how are you (and we) helping your people to meet Jesus?

 

Mick Tune was a pastor for eighteen years and has worked as a consultant with churches across the country for more than twenty years. He is a partner with Doug Turner at Culture of Ready (a ministry partner with Horizons Stewardship) and the author of Wildering: Anyone’s Guide to Enjoying the American Wilderness.

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