Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

Giving is personal – Part I

Money is one of the most taboo topics in our society. We will talk about most things in our lives before we will talk about money. In my second year of working in the area of stewardship campaigns I had a conversation about major gifts with a pastor I was working with at the time. We were discussing the possibility of him making one on one visits with potential major donors in his church. The pastor sort of chuckled when I suggested he consider this approach and said, “Alan, the people in my church would rather talk to me about their sex lives than their finances.” We both got a good laugh out of that. The sad reality is that he was actually serious.

– Why are we so reluctant to talk to someone about our individual financial situations?

– Why are congregations so reluctant to hear messages from their pastors about stewardship?

– Why is it that the way married couples handle (or do not handle) their finances is the number one cause of  divorce?

It is because our finances are private and personal and we take it personally if someone approaches us about the way we handle our money.

Recent studies reveal that less than 3% of evangelical Christians tithe (10%) of their income to their local church. This reveals a major disconnect in what church leaders feel about giving and what is actually happening in our churches as it pertains to giving. There is a communication problem.

– Where do we start to increase the amount of people tithing to their local church?

– What do we do?

It is apparent that the status quo will not yield the financial and spiritual results we are looking for and desire for each other. We must change the way we approach generosity teaching.

Our leaders must take generosity personally.  More to come….

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”   Albert Einstein.

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