Thoughts on Faith and Giving
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.
“When money becomes the reason, bad things will generally start to happen.”
When people change their giving, they are telling you something has changed in them. Almost always that change signals a prime time for ministry.
Those of us in leadership need to look at our budgets from time to time and ask ourselves, “What about our budget is directed toward the coming generation?”