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Title: Increase Giving in Your Church


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Denny Wright Cooperative Program Missionary
Increase Giving in Your Church
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Why do people give?
  • Involved in leadership
  • Serve as a leader
  • History of being involved
  • Gifts are recognized
  • Get personal benefit
  • Respect of church in the community
  • Regard for minister(s)
  • Belief in churchs mission
  • Interest in a program
  • Matching gifts
  • To challenge others
  • Uniqueness of project
  • Churchs fiscal stability
  • Tax considerations
  • Guilt Feelings

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Why do people give?
  • Involved in leadership
  • Serve as a leader
  • History of being involved
  • Gifts are recognized
  • Get personal benefit
  • Respect of church in the community
  • 2. Regard for minister(s)
  • 1. Belief in churchs mission
  • Interest in a program
  • Matching gifts
  • To challenge others
  • Uniqueness of project
  • 3. Churchs fiscal stability
  • Tax considerations
  • Guilt Feelings

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  • Recipients
  • 1.9 Intl Affairs
  • 2.7 Envir., Animals
  • 4.8 Public Safety
  • 5.1 Arts, Culture
  • 7.7 Human Services
  • 7.8 Health
  • 13.1 Education
  • 21.7 Foundations
  • 35.0 RELIGION

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  • Religion
  • 35 Now
  • 20 Years Ago?
  • 40? 45?
    50? 55?
  • 60

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10 Great Ways to Generate Generous Givers in the
NeXt Generation
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Single mom, 20,000/yr, 24,000 debt, 3
children Began to tithe budget, paid off debt
in 3 years
keep the congregation informed where the money is
going tell your stories
Tell stories of how God is creatively stretching
your financial resources
A Sunday School teacher telling about the
children learning about Noah and obedience
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Give generously to your church Share your
stewardship testimony with your congregation
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pastor must tithe exemplify whole life
stewardship
Barna 52 of people who read Bible on own
give Encourage people to personally read study
Bible
Bible verses 40/baptism 275/prayer 350/faith
650/love 2,350 relate specifically to finances
and possessions
85 of Pastors feel unequipped
uncomfortable teaching on finances giving
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report giving records at least 6 times per year,
young members monthy
20-35 of church attendee giving records are
blank 0 of recorded offerings given
Use the envelope mailing program Every member /
quarterly or monthly
say thank-you often
Always send a thank-you letter And a success
story with giving records
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every member invited to a membership
class completes an estimated giving card
You have not because you ask not. All charities
ASK!
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Americans spend more on legalized gambling (2500
per person) than on groceries
  • strongly encourage members to attend regular
    on-going financial management classes

Average Credit Card debt per U.S. household is
8400
95 of Christian Educational Institutions offer
NO personal or ministry financial curriculum
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Record 1.66 million bankruptcies in 2003 More
than ENTIRE decade of the 1960s
  • strongly encourage members to attend regular
    on-going financial management classes

Financial Problems are the largest
contributing cause of marital stress divorce
Average college student carries 4 credit
cards with unpaid balances of 2327
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How to Take the STEW Out of Stewardship
  • strongly encourage members to attend regular
    on-going financial management classes

Sunday School How to Have Joy through Truth
Worship How to Have Joy through Giving
Evening How to Have Joy through Spending
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www.sbc.net/newday
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Project Jubilee Helping Church Members Conquer
Debt Become Wise Managers
www.projectjubilee.com
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enliven the offering time stewardship witness
moments be personal!
Use PowerPoint slides To emphasize biblical
stewardship
Read scripture referring to generous giving Every
Sunday
A youth who went on a Mission Trip
A testimony of someone Who started tithing
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promote tithing as the benchmark consistently
newsletters, sermons, classes, testimonies
Barna Who gives to the church 31 of
Busters 43 of Baby Boomers 54 of Builders 61
of Seniors
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promote tithing as the benchmark consistently
newsletters, sermons, classes, testimonies
In 1999, 3 Billion given to 600 Christian
mission agencies Compared to 58B soda
products 24B jewelry sales 8B movie
theatres 13B chocolates 38B vending
machines 11B video games 7B greeting cards 23B
toys 91B lawn garden 23B pets
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promote tithing as the benchmark consistently
newsletters, sermons, classes, testimonies
Theres been a 30 year Decline in the
Christians give 1-3.5 Depending on
the Denomination
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promote tithing as the benchmark consistently
newsletters, sermons, classes, testimonies
In 2000, 12 of born again Adults tithed to local
church In 2001, it rose to 14 In 2002, it
dropped to 6 A 62 drop!
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10 Reasons to Teach People to Give 10 or More to
the Lord
  • Tried Proven Method. Mal 37-15
  • Reverence for God. Dt 14.23
  • Brings Gods Wisdom Order. Mt 6
  • Reminds of Gods Ownership. Ps 241
  • Experience Gods Creative Care. Pr 39f
  • Encourages Spiritual Growth Trust. 2 Co 85
  • Ensures Treasure in Heaven. 1 Tm 618f
  • Strengthens the Church. Ac 242ff 2 Co 912f
  • Provides for Pastor Missionaries. 1 Co 99ff
  • Helps Accomplish Building Projects. 2 Ch 24

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10 coins
teach children youth!
1.50
Pecans
Lawn mow
Birthday
Write check
3
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reacte to need / Proactive teaching
initiatives on calendar
build with bonds or mortgages / Biblically-based
Giving Drives
Aim for transformed lives, Not institutional survi
val
missions giving low priority / Strategic Missions
TOP Priority
church needs / Christians need biblical
financial teaching
bills, budgets, buildings / Stewardship a vital
aspect of discipleship
leaders not required to give / Faithful
Giving ONE of Requirements
avoid support the institution language
- TALK TRANFORMATIONAL!
announcements / Dramas, Skits, Testimonies,
Stories
No ones job / Stewardship chairman or staff
member
giving ignored / Giving integrated into
membership orientation
peoples debt problems / Small groups, Seminars,
Debt Counselors
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preach once year / Principles woven into
messages, series
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What would you do if you had extra finances?
pastor must build relationships with generous
disciples - people give to people
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www.
  • Generous Giving - GenerousGiving.org
  • Southern Baptist Stewardship Development
    Association SBSDA.net
  • Financial Peace DaveRamsey.org
  • Family Budgeting - Crown.org
  • The Blessed Life - GatewayPeople.org
  • This Is Who I Am Harbingeronline.com
  • Brian Kluth Kluth.org
  • State Convention ABSC.org

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Thoughts on Biblical Stewardship Found
Faithful CD
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www.sbc.net/newday
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  • Its all Gods!
  • Psalm 241
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