Simple Suggestions to Increase Giving

 
 
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At some point in time, all churches experience declines in giving, uneven giving patterns or financial shortfalls. These instances are no reason for panic or despair. With a plan, most churches will weather through these temporary financial droughts and become stronger. As a faith community, we trust God and live by faith. After pastoring and consulting with churches over the years, I have found a few ideas that have proven to be consistently fruitful. Here are ideas that can easily be implemented in the life of your congregation, which will help develop a culture of generosity:

  • Celebrate the offering by having generous laypersons read offering meditations or related scripture prior to the offering, at least once a month.

  • Pastors: Consider spending a minute before the offering encouraging generosity and ministry support at least once a month.

  • Share ministry moments on life transforming ministry supported by your church.

  • Prescribe a Spiritual Stewardship Stretching Exercise for a period of eight weeks. The exercise challenges all members to give over and a minimal amount beyond their regular giving, for example $10.00. If possible, use special envelopes weekly through the duration of the program or encourage those who prefer to give electronically to designate their gift as part of the stretch exercise. These weekly gifts will help build giving stamina and raise additional financial resources. After eight weeks, most members will discover they could probably continue to give the extra gift for a longer period.

These shared ideas will promote generosity in any congregation large, small, urban or rural. Remember, when we do our best, God will do the rest. Always, β€œIt is required of stewards to be found faithful.” (I Corinthians 4:2)

 
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By: Melvin Amerson

THE REV. MELVIN AMERSON IS A MEMBER OF THE TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND SERVES AS A RESOURCE SPECIALIST/AREA REPRESENTATIVE AT TMF. HIS EXPERIENCE AND PASSION LIE IN ENCOURAGING AND DEVELOPING GENEROUS, FAITHFUL LEADERS AND CONGREGATIONS.

AMERSON IS THE AUTHOR OF CELEBRATING THE OFFERINGFRUIT FOR CELEBRATING THE OFFERING AND STEWARDSHIP IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES: A NEW PARADIGM, AS WELL AS SEVERAL ARTICLES COVERING TOPICS FROM GENEROSITY, LEADERSHIP AND VISIONING. CURRENTLY, HE SERVES AS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE ECUMENICAL STEWARDSHIP CENTER AND IS A NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED GENEROSITY CONSULTANT KNOWN FOR HIS ENGAGING PRESENTATIONS.