Last week in a previous post I began talking about the 5 things the senior pastor must do to have a generous church. #1 is the senior pastor must give and give generously.
#2 is the senior pastor must teach if he/she wants to have a generous church. Pastors, how often do you teach on generosity; the overall concept of generosity which includes time, talent, prayer, service, and witness? How often do you teach specifically on giving of financial resources?
My 11 years of experience in this field tells me this (this is based on my experience – not a scientific study):
- Over 90% of pastors do not do a series on generosity – ever.
- Over 50% of pastors will do at least one sermon on financial giving during the year – usually in the fall.
- Over 90% of pastors do not do a series on financial giving – ever.
- Over 90% of churches do not say anything specific about giving during the offering time.
- Over 90% of pastors do not teach a class on giving/tithing/generosity.
- Over 90% of churches do not have a discipleship opportunity to discuss giving/tithing/generosity. (This doesn’t include Financial Peace, Crown, Good $ense type of personal financial classes. Those classes are more designed to help people get out of debt; not teach them about giving. Yes, they do touch on biblical stewardship, but that is not their main focus.)
- Teach a 5 week series (at least) on generosity. A. Be generous with your time. B. Be generous with your talents. C. Be generous with your prayers. D. Be generous with your financial giving. E. Be generous with your witness.
- Teach a 4 week series (at least) on financial generosity. A. Teach Old Testament (First Fruits) B. Teach New Testament (Did Jesus discuss the tithe?) C. Teach your church’s definition of generous giving and your expectations of the individual families in the church. D. Teach the spiritual rewards of generous/joyful giving.
- Make sure you celebrate generosity every Sunday prior to the offering. Connect the generosity of the people with life change taking place inside and outside the church walls.