Goal: To develop and cultivate first-time giver into lifetime stewards and generous donor.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
Myth: The unchurched don’t want to hear about money. Truth : Unchurched people are not afraid to talk about money. Only Christians will have a problem with money issues.
Focus for this seminar: MONEY! If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments... Anonymous Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work... Robert Orben Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy... Spike Mulligan Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery... Spike Mulligan I made my money the old fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died... Forbes
Focus of this Seminar 1. Regular church giving. - Not about Building campaign - Not about Fund raising campaign 2. Stewardship as discipleship. - This is a full-on discipleship issue - Never seen a disciple who isn’t a giver”... Randy Alcorn 3. Being a fully resourced church. - Ministry is expensive! - How do we set appropriate budget? - Every dollar you need to do ministry is in the pockets of your people. - Satan wants to keep money issues in the dark.
We can talk about everything in the church but money! Major assumptionMajor assumption –It is impossible to become a fully developed follower of Jesus unless you become a fully developed steward of personal resources. Minor AssumptionsMinor Assumptions –Our members are poorly trained on issues of financial stewardship. Most don’t get ideas from church. –There is a difference between stewardship and donor development. (Not a campaign!)
What is A Stewardship System? Begins when an identified person gives a first-time gift and seeks to move them in a three-step process. First-time giver Regular Giver Tither Extravagant Giver Step #1 Step #2 Step #3
Clarification Not everyone moves at the same pace.Not everyone moves at the same pace. Many will move through these steps rapidly, others will not.Many will move through these steps rapidly, others will not. People will move in and out of the process.People will move in and out of the process. Definitions of these steps will vary from church to church. Set your own numbers.Definitions of these steps will vary from church to church. Set your own numbers.
5 Types of Givers 1. Non-givers - High percentage of attendees - Don’t give because they haven’t been told Why. 2. First-time 3. Regular / Systematic Givers 4. Tither - proportionate givers 5. Extravagant Givers - Goes beyond the tithe. (Every Christian should move here)
Step # 0 Cultivating First-time givers? First-time givers are recognized an identifiable gift is given. –If you are not using offering envelopes you will never be able to intentionally move people through the giving process. –Don’t be ashamed of building intentionality.
Education is key! Preach on it at least four-times a year.Preach on it at least four-times a year. –Two important times of the year. a. Jan - Budgeting and debt b. Sept - Managing money Short personal testimonies about giving. Short personal testimonies about giving. – Find good givers and let them share – Find those who have found peace through giving Giving challenges at least twice a year. Giving challenges at least twice a year. – Challenge first-time givers – Challenge regular givers to give at another level. Provide ongoing resources Provide ongoing resources – getting out of debt CD’s and etc... Create a giving brochure Create a giving brochure
Help people know that the church is supported by its members. Life change happens through everyone’s giving. - Baptisms, Salvations, Community outreach. - Giving is about life-change not stuff! - Celebrate the purchase of things as a way to enhance life-change.
Educate people on multiple options for giving. Weekend Worship - Don’t “Take” offering. “Give” offering. - (70% give this way)Weekend Worship - Don’t “Take” offering. “Give” offering. - (70% give this way) –Envelopes in bulletin every week. On-line - (Paypal)On-line - (Paypal) Send giving envelopes home.Send giving envelopes home. –Make envelope self addressed/stamped. –Many will take it home and put it in their bill stack and pay it when they pay monthly bills. Automatic bank draftsAutomatic bank drafts
Why Multiple ways? 1. Cultivate new givers 2. Give options to those who forget to give at weekend service 3. Help those who are gone for extended periods of times.
Check giving records every week! It’s your responsibility to know.It’s your responsibility to know. It may help you find potential problems with regular attendees.It may help you find potential problems with regular attendees. Helps you adjust monthly budgets.Helps you adjust monthly budgets. Allows you to track giving with topics and seasons of the year.Allows you to track giving with topics and seasons of the year.
First-time Follow-up Follow-up with every firt-time giver.Follow-up with every firt-time giver. –Send a thank you letter and another envelope to give again. Explain what you money did. (Cast Vision!)Explain what you money did. (Cast Vision!) By wednesday of every week.By wednesday of every week. –Email to givers –Thank you packet LetterLetter Auto-debit formAuto-debit form Financial teaching CD.Financial teaching CD. giving envelopegiving envelope postcard on present teaching series.postcard on present teaching series.
On-going follow-up Quarterly giving statementsQuarterly giving statements –Thank you letter - With Vision –Postcard on present series –Financial CD –Auto-debit enroll form. –Giving envelope Giving encouragement letter to all those who haven’t given lately.Giving encouragement letter to all those who haven’t given lately.
Step #1 Cultivating Regular Givers Educate - Give tools and understanding.Educate - Give tools and understanding. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made... 1 Cor 16:2 Utilize an annual giving challenge. (2 to 3 month challenge) Utilize an annual giving challenge. (2 to 3 month challenge) – Put a commitment card in the bulletin – Follow-up with those who accept the challenge – Layer the challenge to help people move in the process.
Provide one stewardship small group each year.Provide one stewardship small group each year. –Good Sense –Crown Ministry –David Ramsey –Randy Alcorn For every person involved involved in a giving small group giving will increase by $1000 per year.For every person involved involved in a giving small group giving will increase by $1000 per year. Use membership class to support the importance of giving.Use membership class to support the importance of giving. Use a membership covenant that includes giving. - (Don’t be shy!)Use a membership covenant that includes giving. - (Don’t be shy!) Regularly remind people of the importance of giving.Regularly remind people of the importance of giving.
Monthly Newsletters about good things going on in the church.Monthly Newsletters about good things going on in the church. Thank everyone for being generous.Thank everyone for being generous. Annual Budget meeting. Vision Cast.Annual Budget meeting. Vision Cast. Look for those who are stepping up to a higher level of giving and send out a personal letter to thank them for their generosity.Look for those who are stepping up to a higher level of giving and send out a personal letter to thank them for their generosity.
Step #2 Cultivating Tithers If you get the first-time system in place, this comes natural.If you get the first-time system in place, this comes natural. Educate regular givers why they need to tithe.Educate regular givers why they need to tithe. –Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it... Mal 3:1o –Tithing is an act of worship. (Full tithe! Don’t teach tithing through increments or steps.) Challenge attendees to test God by tithing.Challenge attendees to test God by tithing. –Consider that no one really knows what to do.
Leadership Issues People won’t do what your staff doesn’t do.People won’t do what your staff doesn’t do. If staff isn’t giving, they shouldn’t be staff members.If staff isn’t giving, they shouldn’t be staff members. Teach your staff on tithingTeach your staff on tithing Hold every staff member accountable.Hold every staff member accountable. Pastors, if you can’t be a good steward of your own money, you can’t raise up good stewards.Pastors, if you can’t be a good steward of your own money, you can’t raise up good stewards. –Become a theological expert on giving. –Decide to family finances under control. –Decide to hold staff and family accountable to bring whole tithe. –Make annual progress toward becoming E.G.
Step # 3 Cultivating Extravagant Givers Move people to give sacrificially on a regular basis.Move people to give sacrificially on a regular basis. Teach that the tithe is a minimum.Teach that the tithe is a minimum. –Tithes go to the church –Offerings are above the tithe to other opportunities. Do an annual special offering. (Christmas offering)Do an annual special offering. (Christmas offering) Do one-on-one vision casting with extravagant givers. Throw an annual dinner for top givers in church.Do one-on-one vision casting with extravagant givers. Throw an annual dinner for top givers in church. Don’t be afraid to cast vision with big donors.Don’t be afraid to cast vision with big donors.
Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:8 “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Tim 6:17-19 “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Cor 8:7