Day 27 – Generous Congregations
What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me in letting
everyone know I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God. Acts 20:24,
Vibrant, fruitful, growing congregations focus on giving during the season of annual pledging,
but they also emphasize generosity throughout the year in preaching, Bible studies, and classes.
They speak about how our relationship with God affects our view of money and how our
relationship with money shapes our relationship to God. They teach about the place of wealth,
affluence, acquisitiveness, materialism, selfishness, generosity, and giving. They readily
encourage charitable contributions and philanthropic giving by their members to service agencies
and to medical, advocacy, and cultural causes that make a difference in the lives of people. Such
churches practice extraordinary generosity as congregation, demonstrating exemplary support for
special projects, missions in the community and around the world, and denominational
connectional ministries. Churches that grow in giving know that generosity increases with
participation in ministry and community, and so they work to deepen the core ministries of
worship, small group learning, and mission. Congregations that practice extravagant generosity
teach, model, and cultivate generosity among children and youth. All the ministries of those
churches offer members opportunities to give individually and to work together in groups to
achieve a ministry goal that is significant, tangible, and compelling.
– Would you describe your congregation as generous? Why? Why not?
– Would you describe yourself as generous? Extravagantly so?