A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Welcome to Generosity Matters! My mission: to accelerate generosity in ministry. This is accomplished through Generosity Audits, ministry expansion projects, stewardship and annual giving initiatives, capital campaigns, non-profit fundraising and planned giving. Let's begin a conversation...
How often does the topic of legacy giving come up at your church? Once a quarter? Twice a year? What is legacy giving? (That’s an honest question - it’s ok!)
Legacy giving involves a “deferred gift” - a gift one decides to give at a future date, either years from now or at death. It is a present decision to make a future gift. Most leave these types of gifts through their will or estate plan - leaving a legacy of generosity beyond their lifetime. Unfortunately, gift planning is something talked about far too little in churches across the country. But why?
There are many reasons - perhaps yours is somewhere in this list:
Ten Reasons NOT to Implement a Legacy Giving Strategy in your Church
1. Your church does not need nor could it effectively use any part of the $41 trillion of wealth that will transfer from this generation to the next. Read more »
We hosted another “On the Table” pastor’s luncheon in the Kansas City area last week and had over 50 area pastors and church leaders in attendance. Steve Caton of Church Community Builder was our speaker, and the topic “On the Table” was “Leveraging Technology To Make a Greater Impact.” Steve has previously contributed to my blog, linking generosity growth to assimilation of people in ministry. Of particular note in last week’s discussion, Steve talked about the importance of the executive leader’s role in utilizing a new Church Management System.
Here are a few of the key ideas Steve shared with us: Read more »
I just returned from the 2014 UnEarth Conference in Jacksonville on March 31, and feel blessed to have been a part of it. To share information with church leaders from across the country about the topic of generosity is always something I enjoy. This time I spoke about three specific keys that can impact the giving culture in your church. In case you missed it, you can catch up right here!
Giving in the US (as a percentage of GDP) is lower today than it was during the great depression of the early 1930’s. Why is that? Could it be that people don’t have a giving problem, but a giving-to-your-church problem? Could it be that people aren’t seeing the results of their giving to your church? They want to give where they know their gift will make the greatest impact. Could it be a decrease in loyalty? The “that’s my church” mentality is on the decline.
It could be any of these reasons, or it could be something else entirely. The point is, there are a number of things you should focus on to have an impact - here are three keys to get you started... Read more »
It happens every weekend. Well, I’m guessing you at least pray for it to happen every weekend. A family who has never been to your church walks in the front door. Isn’t it exciting? You identify them by the "I’m-not-sure-where-to-go" confusion on their face. You see your friendly greeter welcome them. You introduce yourself and thank them for coming. You offer them directions to the children’s ministry for the kiddos. You encourage them to get free coffee in the guest area.
We’ve become very good at this part. It’s almost natural, isn’t it? Just offering a bit of warmth and hospitality. It just feels good!
Visitors tend to have positive initial church experiences for several reasons, and I hear them every time I do a generosity audit with a church. Here are just a few of the comments I hear most often when I ask attendees, “What drew you to return after your first visit to XYZ church?": Read more »