I’ve been around very few church leaders that didn’t wish their people’s church offering would become more generous. But very few church leaders have defined a strategy to help their people take steps to become more generous. Fortunately last week I had a conversation with the Leadership Coaching Network that I lead about generosity, and they came up with this great list of 20 ways church leaders can help their churches become more generous!
Most pastors start to twitch when the idea of preaching about money comes up. But few things are more powerful than doing an annual teaching series or quarterly sermons where you help people biblically connect the dots between following Jesus and generosity.
2. Celebrate Wins and Connect Them to Generosity.
What you celebrate gets repeated. Help people understand that the life change that people who are far from Jesus are experiencing through the ministry of your church is directly connected to the generosity of the faithful followers of Jesus already at your church.
3. Be Prepared for a Significant Gift.
If someone were to drop a six- or seven-figure gift, would you know what to do with it? Do you already have a strategy?
4. Make It Easy for People to Give.
No one carries a checkbook anymore, so come up with simple modern methods for people to give to your church. For instance, a reoccurring automatic online withdraw, stocks, property, bill pay, text to give, giving kiosk and be prepared to help large donors consider tax implications.
5. Say Thank You.
Pretty simple. You’d be surprised how few churches simply say thank you, not just from stage, but through a personal handwritten note.
6. Intentionally Set Up the Offering in the Worship Service.
Don’t just receive an offering during your worship service. Take a moment to help people understand what is happening and what happens through their generosity.
7. Receive an Annual Missions Offering.
Model generosity through receiving an annual generosity offering where 100 percent goes to a cause that is connected to the unique vision of your church.
8. Host a High Capacity Donor Dinner.
Identify and invite high capacity donors to a dinner to say thank you and help them understand the vision that Jesus has given your church and their part in it.
9. Hold a 90-Day Giving Challenge.
Challenge people to begin the spiritual habit of giving for 90 days … and get this … provide a 100 percent money back guarantee. Literally.
10. Tell People to Take Money Out of the Offering Plate.
During the offering, tell people that they can take loose cash out of the offering plate if they are in financial need.
11. Have a Fifth-Sunday Benevolence Offering.
When there is a fifth Sunday in a month, take the lose cash from the offering and use it to meet the physical needs of people in the church.
12. Require Giving for Membership.
Literally require people to give in order to become a member of your church … and yes, that means checking to see if they give.
13. Model Generosity Through Stories.
Tell stories of people who have been generous, and share the results and impact of their generosity.
14. Send First-Time Giver Letters.
Send a personal handwritten note to say thank you to people the first time people give to your church.
15. Send a Thank You to Generous Givers.
Send a personal handwritten note to say thank you when people give a generous gift to the ministry of your church.
16. Send Out a Mid-Year Contribution Letter.
Send a mid-year contribution letter to everyone who has given to-date to the ministry of the church, including wins and stories of life change.
17. Provide Financial Training for Everyone.
Help people learn how to handle their money through training opportunities like Financial Peace University.
18. Use Annual Commitment Cards.
Each January, encourage your church to fill out an annual commitment card indicating what they are planning to give this year.
19. Set Up Methods for Legacy Giving.
Provide the opportunity for people to write your church into their will or living trust.
20. Provide a Creative Annual Report.
Create a visually intriguing annual giving report and send it to every donor. Include stories, pictures, and info graphics that share wins and how money was spent this last year at your church.