For senior leaders and pastors of churches, the topic of money is often either abused or ignored. But there is a better way. It is the Jesus way. But how do you translate the parables and peculiar references of His teaching with the modern struggle of discipleship?
It is possible, but it will require more than asking people to give to your church budget. It will require Creating A Culture of Generosity.
There is a difference between making budget and making disciples.
It is time to try something different – to tackle this with deep sensitivity for the pain some people have experienced around the topic, as well as boots-on-the-ground practical tools to graciously challenge those who could forge a new path. Can we see Christian people experience life that is “truly life” as Paul coached Timothy on how to disciple people how to best handle money?
On February 11, Auxano Generosity team members Greg Gibbs and Kent Vincent hosted a free webinar marking the release of Greg’s latest book, Creating a Culture of Generosity.
Far from a once-a-year approach to “stewardship” or an obligatory message here and there that feels more like eating your vegetables to a pastor (you know you should do it – it’s good for you), there are five categories or waves of planning that lead to culture creation. The goal is disciples who are generous – to their church, neighbors, the under-resourced in the community and the world. Not to mention people who can, through their generous posture, fuel the mission of Jesus Christ around the globe.
The 5 Waves are:
- Theology – What do we believe about generosity and how do we explain that?
- Discipleship – How will we mentor and form this in the individuals in our care?
- Strategy – Can the church set up proactive systems of encouraging generosity?
- Communication – How should we teach about it? Preach about it? Post about it?
- Integration – What will truly make it one of the lead characteristics of our church?
It is the "owner’s manual" that will help you tune-up the engine of generous living by the people of your church over time.
Even though the webinar has concluded, when you register with the form on this page, you will get an automatic download of the book’s Introduction and Chapter One!
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