Thoughts on Faith and Giving
When one trusts grace there is renewed attention on how our time, talent, and treasure all conform with what Christ has revealed to us. When one trusts the gospel there is an easy and confident way to our living that actually enjoys being a giver of this amazing grace.
Right now is when your community needs reminded that God came anyway—more importantly, God is here anyway.
Stewardship is living in the wisdom that relationships triumph things. Things are fine, but they don’t last, and neither do their satisfactions.
The point is that we want to affirm people for their giving
So often we give in to the illusion that things “are the way they are” and that we can’t fight or change the outcomes. We lay limp and hand over our power of choice. That is bad stewardship.
Could your church use a Gratitude Jar?
Bring what you have. Encourage others to do the same. Give it to Christ for a blessing. Then feast on the miracle. This is the gospel we believe, and the gospel we share.
Connection fosters compassion. Compassion gives birth to generosity.
God often uses believers to spur one another on in acts of faith, service, and giving.
The dictionary says that a witness is “someone who has personal knowledge of something.” They “attest (testify) to a fact or event.”
True Religion will go under. But God’s true religion will always rise. Stay faithful, friends.
The point is this—be in ministry, not in retreat. Invest in the gospel, not in the island. Trust God. All will be well.
Simply from a fund-raising point of view we need to remember: PEOPLE DON’T GIVE TO BUDGETS.
It is that time of year when thoughts turn to the annual stewardship campaign.
Positive reinforcement anytime beats negative reinforcement every time. Reinforce strengths. Praise progress.
As you consider classes and small groups for the fall, be sure to offer opportunities for your folks in budgeting, insurance, investing, giving, and planned-giving–all from a Christian perspective.
As with most of us, it takes a near life and death crisis in order for us to change.
We may not have a better chance. What is more, it isn’t just about us. God may not have a better time to bless someone else through our gift.
Truth be told, the Coronavirus crisis is reminding us of what we already know. Someday we will not be here anymore.
Let us reaffirm that the more we tie the giving to the gathering; the more people will give.