PLYMOUTH, MI – If you already read my column “Register to Ramp-It-Up” you can skip down to paragraph number two.
Inspiring generosity increases when people see their personal contributions solve big problems. Helping others see the epic influence of financial contributions through the local church has never been as easy as it is now. Vibrant images and dramatic stories can be shared within the church community from sources around the world. When people see giving at the local church helps others over the globe generosity increases, locally and globally. People will connect their personal debit cards and checking accounts to the good deeds of God’s Kingdom when they see meaningful causes in real-time that tug at their hearts and minds.
Generosity Zoom Discussion Registration
Wednesday, September 11 - Click to REGISTER for one time slot
Giving is better when people know why they are asked to contribute. When people understand funds are used in meaningful ways in their local church, their region and throughout the world they become enthusiastic investment partners. During September’s meetings on “Generosity” I will highlight some of the seven easy-to-find and easy-to-use videos, images and stories that will inspire generous giving. I will explain how others are using these resources to bring-up the passion for giving within their congregations. If the church, you attend or lead, contributes to any of the following offerings there are many ways to inspire generosity:
International Missions Offering
North American Missions Offering
State Missions Offering
World Hunger Offering
Local association of churches
Baptist Global Response
Generosity in the church is better when it is convenient. Have you noticed that people pay more often with debit cards? Cash and checkbooks are rarely seen at the stores, restaurants and gas stations. Is it possible those participating in your church have funds in the bank account, but cannot easily access their funds? There are services and smartphone apps that make church contributions convenient. Seventy percent of all Americans now own smartphones. Banks will set-up regular contributions transferring funds from a checking account to a church’s account with the account owner’s instructions. Are you offering multiple pathways to give?
The power of sincere gratitude is just as overwhelming as it has ever been. Hosting an annual “Generosity Banquet” or highlighting the impact of generosity, one or two times a month, from the podium will create a culture of generosity in the church. The annual or regular celebrations could catapult people’s hearts toward greater charity for future endeavors within the church. Imagine a wife and mother expressing her gratitude to the congregation by saying, “I want to thank you for babysitting my two children after school until I returned home from work for six weeks and for paying our month’s utility bills while my husband recovered from an injury sustained at work.” Or envision the impact of the people who were baptized the previous year standing shoulder-to-shoulder before the congregation. There are many ways to display the outcomes of regular giving within a faith-community.
Please, click on the link above to register for a morning or evening discussion on “Generosity” on September 11. There is much more to discuss. On 9/11, I will point you toward helpful resources that will help you go further with those around you serving the Lord. By the time you finish our one-hour, online discussion you will have some personalized action steps for your church and its future.
If you have questions about the ZOOM.US meeting you may call my ministry assistant, Andrew Parsons, Monday through Thursday during normal business hours at (810) 714-1907 or send Andrew an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – see you online in September.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony Lynn is the State Director of Missions for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Before coming on staff at the BSCM, Tony served as lead pastor for more than six years at Crosspoint Church in Monroe, Michigan. He and his wife, Jamie, also served with the International Mission Board in Africa and in Europe.