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5 Critical Mistakes That KILL Generosity

3. Not being deliberate with offering time.

So many times churches rush through the offering. Like it’s an inconvenience.

The truth is, giving is worship. Your offering time should carry as much weight as your praise and worship set.

I wrote an entire post on how to be more deliberate with your offering time here.

Utilize the three to five minutes before the offering to engage your congregation.

Every effective “Offering Talk” should have three parts: Celebration, Appreciation and Invitation.

Be intentional with this part of the service, and your ministry funds will grow.

4. Ignoring large donors.

Pastor, each Sunday, you take time to thank your people for coming. To thank your musicians. To thank all your volunteers.

So, why aren’t you regularly taking time to thank your largest donors?

After all, they fund the vision for all other ministries of your church.

This week, I’m challenging you to do something. Make a commitment and send out a personalized email to your 10 largest donors.

Thank them for their generosity. Let them know specifically how they have been a blessing to you and to the church.

Then, invite them to grab a cup of coffee or a meal … one-on-one.

Invest personally in your largest donors. Not because you want more of their money, but because of the tremendous impact they’ve already had on your church.

5. Not helping your members get out of debt.

Many members of your church want to give, but are completely consumed by debt.

The average U.S. household has $15k in credit card debt, $147k in mortgage debt and $32k in student loan debt.

On a quarterly or bi-annual basis, offer bibically-based personal financial classes such as Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” or Joe Sangl’s “I Was Broke. Now I’m Not.”

Help people escape the bondage of debt.

“As your #church helps people win with money, #generosity will be a natural byproduct.”

Growing generosity is not a one-size-fits-all equation. But it can be improved with deliberate and strategic actions by church leadership.

If you will teach your congregation what the Bible says about money, continually show genuine gratitude and help your people get out of debt, you will see your funds grow.

More money for ministry = greater Kingdom impact.

QUESTION: What are some strategies your church has used to help grow its generosity?

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Larry Poole serves as the Director of Generosity for Northpark Church located in Raleigh, NC. He coaches pastors, churches, and individuals on the spiritual discipline of generosity. His passion is helping the local church become fully funded so that it can more effectively accomplish the Great Commission. You can connect with Larry on Twitter at @tweetlarrypoole or through his blog at www.larrypoolespeaks.com.