Generous giving is an integral part of the discipleship of Christians. Giving within the Church and beyond not only resources God’s mission in the world but also has an impact on our lifestyle.
Encouraging giving in a parish can feel daunting, but it need not be so. By encouraging a generous culture, we can equip people to be better able to review their giving and levels of generosity. We can do this by encouraging people to:
- Connect their giving with their faith, seeing their giving as a response to the giving of a generous God
- Understand that their giving enables mission and ministry, rather than simply paying the bills
- Feel that they and their gifts are valued by the church
In many of our church communities, we are reluctant to address issues around money and giving. We want to be open and honest about this area of spiritual growth and unlock the generosity of the people of God.