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4 Undeniable Characteristics of a Generous Church

It’s easy for a church to get its priorities out of order.

In an attempt to grow the church’s influence and impact, we often get things backward.

So, what exactly should today’s church look like?

Look at what Acts 2:44-47 says:

    44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.

    45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.

    46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.

    47b And each day, the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

The New Testament church spent time together, practiced hospitality and was an exceedingly generous church.

All generous churches have four things in common.

Does your church possess these characteristics? Or is it time for you to re-evaluate and make some changes?

Four undeniable characteristics of a generous church:

1. Generous churches have clear vision.

Pastor, if I asked you to write down the vision of your church in 75 words or less, could you do it? Could your congregation?

“People give generously to clear vision.”

Vision should be shared from the pulpit each and every service.

At Northpark Church, our vision is simple:

“We exist to build life-long followers of Christ.”

We say this phrase often to remind our congregation why we exist. Then we simply invite them to help and fund the vision.

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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.