Toward a Joyful “Yes” – Part 2

Toward a Joyful “Yes” – Part 2

by Carol Froom

Leading people to a joyful “yes”
Generosity is paramount when seeking to follow Christ’s example. So why is it so difficult to talk about generosity and see results in our churches?

Mindset
As leaders, you may have those in your church who retract from conversations around giving as they believe that needs will be met by prayer alone. While prayer is critical, people will not give unless they are presented with a need, unless they understand and relate to the need, and unless their hearts and minds are moved. The need for clean water and sanitation is a 24-7 problem that results in 5,000 child deaths every single day, but if ERDO doesn’t send a communication outlining which wells need to be dug, the necessary funds don’t arrive.

Modelling
We have to reprogram the “me” machine. This starts at the very highest levels within the church and works downward to the congregation. That being said, are the senior church staff leading more simple lives in order to facilitate generous giving? Are the biblical values of stewardship and generosity regularly articulated and upheld? Are leaders joining in the missions events, promoting generosity and leading in ways that model generosity?

Measurement
Are you accurately measuring generosity at your church? Many hospitals, fire departments, charities and schools could not function as well or at all without the countless hours donated by volunteers. According to research by Imagine Canada, over 12 million people volunteer for charities and non-profits.1 Within your congregation, are there individuals and families who mathematically give at lower than average levels but are giving within their current means? The widow who is living within her strict pension may be the same widow who bequests her property as a legacy. Inspiring generosity shouldn’t overestimate or underestimate the level of potential giving that is possible among certain groups. Honour those who give, meet them where they are, and inspire a culture of volunteer and resource generosity.

Trust
If trust is lost, people may withdraw or not increase financial support. Have decisions been made about church resources that haven’t met with favour and understanding? If so, actions must be taken to repair relationships and inspire confidence around future allocations of resources.

Clear and articulated facts to inspire generosity
In the fundraising world, this is known as the “case for support.” Questions to consider:

  • Do congregants understand what it takes to provide teaching, outreach and operational support?
  • Is there a clear generosity goal for the congregation?
  • Do they know what doesn’t get done if support is not received?
  • Is there prayer and discernment in setting financial goals?

Generosity, in the end, is motivated by selflessness and compassion. Inspiring people to more closely follow Jesus and understand His love for mankind is a critical pathway for leading your church to a joyful “yes” toward generosity.

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Read the first part of the chapter here. This article is an excerpt of a chapter that appeared in Generosity Changes Everything – Even Us (Mississauga, ON: The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, January 2014). © 2014 The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Carol Froom is the director of resource development for ERDO (Emergency Relief and Development Overseas). To order this book, click here or call 905-542-7400 ext. 3223. Photo © istockphoto.com

1. “Impact of Federal Budget on Canada’s Charities & Nonprofits,” Imagine Canada, January 27, 2009, http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/www/en/publicaffairs/budget_2009_response_release_
20090127.pdf.

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