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How Modeling Generosity Can Lead to More Giving

Since our first days, we have made an intentional decision at The Journey to focus on exemplifying God’s provision through generosity. Living with an open hand has not always been easy; we’ve been stretched. But the rewards of generosity are well worth the effort and expense. We’ve grown, our people have grown, the church has grown, and the culture of generosity that has been established permeates every area of our ministry. Here are just a few examples of the ways we try to go over and above in modeling generosity:

– We give a free book to all of our first-time guests at the service

– We send a free Starbucks card to all of our first-time guests through the mail

– We offer unlimited coffee and donuts at every service

– We send a free gift to everyone who gives for the first time

– We give a free book to everyone who signs up for a fall (campaign) growth group

– We give free movie tickets to people who bring first-time guests on special occasions

–  We give away free CDs that are relevant to the day’s teaching topic

– We put free resources and materials online

– We provide free breakfast and/or lunch for our Sunday volunteers

– We offer free seminary-level classes for all of our growth group leaders

– We put ads in widely-read newspapers

– We do frequent mailings to the community

– We reach out to hundreds of thousands of people annually through servant evangelism, which involves blanketing the community with free granola bars or bottles of water and postcard invitations to The Journey

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Nelson Searcy is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church in New York City. Started in 2002, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently has locations in Manhattan, Queens, San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. Nelson is the author of over sixty church-growth resources. Nelson is an experienced church planter, coach and church-growth strategist. He is also the founder of www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com, the Church Leadership Training ministry of Nelson Searcy and The Journey Church.