Winter is Coming. Who Are the White Walkers in Your Church?
Game of Thrones fans know winter is here, and the White Walkers are on the march.
In your own version of GOT, do you have a population segment that exhibits characteristics of the walking dead? Most every church has 30-50% of members who contribute nothing to the mission and ministry of the church. No matter how many letters you send and how many blockbuster stewardship sermons you preach, they continue to contribute nothing.
Like the White Walkers in HBO’s Game of Thrones, these members of your church are without gratitude. Here’s what to do.
So, how do you solve the White Walkers problem?
The generosity journey is grounded in gratitude. To understand stewardship, you first have to grasp that God is the source of all gifts. Your family, your health, the air you breathe, pelicans (they’re so amazing), your intellect and creativity, and, yes, even your wealth are all gifts from God! Everything and anything you love in this world (including your money) has come from our Creator. God has generously and abundantly supplied each of us with blessings beyond our wildest imaginings. This is the dragon glass for White Walkers.
Your White Walkers need to hear the message of gratitude before their hearts can be open to generosity.
White Walker conversion tips:
1) Preach and teach on gratitude.
With Thanksgiving approaching, it is an ideal time to focus on gratitude and abundance.
2) Express gratitude.
Write notes to volunteers, financial contributors, and those who make ministry happen at your church
3) Take time at the offering to talk about returning to God a portion of the gifts we have received.
4) Create a gratitude wall.
Invite people (kids are people too!) to write the things for which they are grateful on a colorful post-it. Find a high-traffic area and post all the notes as a community expression.
5) Christmas is the best time to talk about gratitude and generosity.
After all, the best gift God ever gave was Jesus.