Thoughts on Faith and Giving
Bishop Mike Coyner, A Living Legacy.
A statement can be more than a form with numbers on it. Never waste a chance to say thank you and connect givers with your important mission.
God is reminding us that we “fit” in God’s life, no matter how unfit or ugly we seem to ourselves or others.
There is a time to work and a time to be thankful.
Many in our church do not have any idea of the things our congregation might need. That is why wise congregations share a Christmas list.
The most neglected part of any stewardship campaign is follow-up.
Why is it we don’t think about finances the same way we think about everything else—that is, spiritually?
Sometimes, in the arena of giving, we perceive that people are a problem we need to solve.
The important thing is that someone is paying attention to making disciples whose discipleship includes giving and generosity
For those of us in church this begs a couple of questions. First, “Who would I like to benefit when I die?”
Have you ever felt that your church’s stewardship has “15 tree possibilities” but is only bringing in “one tree returns?”
Do folks in your church know about a Charitable Gift Annuity?
People tend to fall into one of two camps in their giving development. Neither realize the goodness of God.
It is hard for church leaders to understand that very few people give to budgets. Short of an outright misuse of funds they will continue to give generously if they can be part of the story of changed lives
Yes, every pastor should have a list. He or she could work with the church Council to build it.
The legitimate prayer—the legitimate ask—is for “not too little” but, it is also for “not too much.” Most of us never think about bread (or money) in this way.
So where does the power come from? In my case it comes from an electrical power station miles away from home. This begs the question: How does the power get from there to here?
Should my church have an annual stewardship and finance campaign? Should people in my church consider how to use all God has given them?
Do you think people who give generously in life would want to stop being generous at their death?
There is a saying in the world of fund-raising. The reason people don’t give you a second gift is because you never said thank you for the first one.