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...
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 »
What are your numbers? Ever been asked a question like that before?
If it’s your doctor asking, then he or she is likely inquiring about your blood pressure, cholesterol, temperature, height and weight, right? Basics that, at a glance, help to determine the state of your current health.
If your golf pro is asking, then he or she is likely inquiring about your driving distance, number of putts per round, percentage of fairways hit and percentage of greens in regulation. These are basics that help a coach know the current state of your game, and where you might want to focus for improvement in your score.
If it’s your personal trainer…well, you get the idea. Different disciplines ask for and measure different numbers.
In your church, what numbers do you measure? You might think of measuring attendance in weekend worship services, attendance in small groups and/or Bible Study classes, the number of baptisms, the percentage of adults involved in a small group, recent offering totals, your offering compared to budget, etc. Read more »