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Resources for Growing a Generous Church
The work of the church is done by all its people, not just by full-time ministers (Ephesians 4:12). Not an ordained pastor? Good! Your lay status is precisely what qualifies you to lead your church in the practice of biblical generosity. If elders, deacons, and other lay leaders are not on board, then not even the most zealous pastor will be able to grow a generous church.
Change in the church starts with you, and Generous Giving can equip you to effect that change. See our collection of tools below, specially prepared to help church lay leaders understand, lead, prime, engage and resource the way to a generous church.
Key Readings: Understand the depth of your leadership opportunity. Let these articles help.
Key Verses: The Bible calls us to be “transformed by the renewing of [our] minds.” Know what the Scriptures say about giving.
Key Statistics and Key Trends: Get an idea of the state of Christian giving today and learn where things are headed in years to come.
Common Lay Leader Excuses: Having doubts about promoting generosity? Consider our brief scriptural responses.
Questions about the Bible’s teaching on giving?
Diagnostics: You can’t take others where you haven’t been yourself. Before encouraging your congregation to give, take a few tests to help you determine, “How generous am I?” or “Am I modeling generosity?”
Giving Covenant: Want to get serious with God and your people about your giving? Start by signing this document in their presence.
Prepare Your Giving Testimony: When the time comes to share your story with others, use our tutorial.
Questions about modeling generosity?
The Pastor’s Crucial Role: Your pastor is central to growing a generous church.
Simple Strategy for Lay Leaders: What to do if your pastor overlooks stewardship ministry.
Common Pastor Excuses: Learn to answer their objections to preaching on giving.
Pastors’ Conference: Send your pastor to Exponential to learn how to cultivate generosity.
Pastors’ Home Page: Help your pastor find resources for preaching and teaching generosity.
Questions about influencing churches?
Simple Strategy for Churches: Start here if your church wants to take low-cost steps toward stewardship ministry.
Church Stewardship Curricula: Start here if your church is ready to implement a full-scale stewardship program.
Common Excuses for Not Giving: If you want to help people grow in generosity, learn to answer their objections.
Questions about implementing a stewardship program?
Bulk Gift Pricing: A great means of influence for lay leaders is giving away good books and tapes. Sow strategically by buying in bulk.
Key Study Guides: Start or lead small groups to help your people learn the Bible’s way to manage finances.
The Treasure Principle: This small book has a big message: Christ’s kingdom is the only investment with eternal dividends.
Questions about counseling would-be givers?
Where Do I Start?
The Generous Church
Stories & Testimonies
The Third Conversion
According to tradition, Martin Luther once said that every Christian must undergo three conversions: heart, mind and pocketbook. Perhaps you have done the first and second, but have you done the third? Patrick Johnson explains.
The Treasure Principle Workshop
Use this video workshop to lead small groups on the joy of giving. Flexible teaching formats and support materials are provided. Order.
Stewards R Us
After handing out envelopes of money, this Atlanta pastor instructed his congregation to invest whatever they received in God’s kingdom—anywhere except their church. What happened?
Comments from Church Leaders
“It was extremely helpful to have an online resource that we didn’t need to second-guess, that understood stewardship was about far more than money, and that gave us a broad range of solid biblical perspectives.” — Jeff Schulte and Lloyd Shadrach, Teaching Pastors, Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood, Tenn.
God’s Ownership and
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