Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
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...
Millennials are, in many ways, shaping the future of our country. From their love of technology we talked about in last week’s post to their work habits and communication preferences, we are seeing a shift on several fronts.
Another topic to add to the list - budgeting. From a September 2014 USA Today article, we learn budgeting is a struggle for many Millennials. And with 44.5 million 20-somethings currently in the US (the nation’s largest age group), this could have long-lasting implications.
Many Millennials value finding a good job, spending time with friends, and paying back student loans much more than they appreciate collecting receipts, monitoring expenses, and controlling spending. Read more »
87% of Millennials say their smartphone never leaves their side, day or night.
80% reach for their smartphone first thing each morning.
78% spend more than two hours a day on their smartphone.
The common perception that young adults love their smartphones has become statistical fact. And with the extreme percentages shown in a recent Zogby Analytics study, it seems to have become an obsession.
Companies who don’t offer mobile options “are missing the boat,” according to James DeBello, CEO of Mitek, the company that commissioned this study of 1,019 Millenials earlier this year. And the results of the study back it up.
Those surveyed were asked for their reaction to a business that doesn’t offer a mobile website or apps, and 14% said they would not want to “do business with a company this behind the times.” Read more »
You've heard me talk about "connecting the dots" for your church - helping your people see how their giving is making a difference in other people's lives.
Because many people tend to think of giving only as a means to fund a budget, helping them connect the dots to ministry impact is critical! In fact, it encourages them to continue giving. It shows them the fruits of their efforts, that their generosity is hard at work making a difference. Read more »
Last spring, John Piper, pastor and leading author, addressed an embezzlement issue involving David Yonggi Cho, the founder of the world’s largest Pentecostal congregation in South Korea.
“My response to this is really not to pile on any additional condemnation…but rather to try to respond for the rest of us in a way that tries to prevent these kinds of things,” said Piper.
In his response, Piper included five precautions pastors should take related to the possible seduction of money. I’d like to pass them along to you here. Although these were shared in response to an embezzlement situation, they are good reminders for us all at any time.
1. Kill every desire to be rich and get rich
Don't want this. If you see the desire in your heart take aim at it with the words of Christ and the words of Paul and put it to death with a swift blow with the sword of the spirit. Jesus said how difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom. In other words, don't want this.
2. Pastors, if you see your income grow, set a governor on it Read more »