Do you limit the generosity of your church? Now, I have to believe you would never intentionally limit the generosity of your church. In fact, I believe you would love it to improve, to grow, to flourish. But are there things you are doing unknowingly, or habits in place at your church, that hinder or interfere with your giving culture?
I just returned from the UnEarth Conference in Jacksonville this month, and I was blessed again to share information with church leaders from across the country on the topic of generosity. This time the topic was “8 Ceilings that Limit Giving to Your Church” (and several solutions to fix them). My thanks to colleague Brad Leeper, President of Generis, for contributions to this content!
Today I’ll share with you these “ceilings” and we will explore the solutions in my next post, so stay tuned!
First, let’s look at something quickly to get us started. From data collected through Generosity Audits and giving analyses of hundreds of churches, Generis has found the following to be the typical pattern in church giving:
OF 100 PEOPLE
- 50 give nothing
- 20 give $1,200
- 30 give more than $1,200
- If you have 10 elders/deacons/trustees, 2 are likely not giving
- 1/3 of your staff is likely not giving
Now those figures might surprise you, but here’s what is typically going on behind the scenes to create such skewed giving metrics.