March 10th, 2015

The Anti-Campaign: 4 Threads to Ramp Up Generous Giving

GeneriousGivingLoop(The following is a guest post by Clint Grider, Chief Integration Officer & Lead Navigator, Auxano)

Some churches view generosity as one of a number of important topics to cover over time. Though well intentioned, this approach actually hinders the ability of a church to create a meaningful culture of generosity, where a lifestyle of extravagant giving becomes the norm.

Instead, what if generosity were viewed not as a short-term teaching topic or campaign, but instead as a core ongoing part of discipleship? What if you found a way to create momentum around God’s unbelievable generosity toward us, translating into a lifestyle of consistently giving oneself to Him?

One tool we use at Auxano to help churches build this is called the Generous Giving Loop. The Loop provides scaffolding that allows a church to create its own model by integrating biblical principles of giving into the fabric of its ongoing discipleship process. When embraced, churches find the principle of the Loop to be transformational in the life of the church.

The Loop depicts both a rhythm and four ongoing threads that create this culture. The rhythm is shown by different sizes of the smaller loops in the overall thread. This conveys that more attention is given to cultivating different areas of generosity based on the needs, spiritual development, and overall calendar of the church. What is important to note, however, is the four threads never stop. They are not targeted emphases, but instead are intentionally woven into the fabric of the church’s approach to discipleship at every level.

The four essential threads represent different contextual initiatives and practices to cultivate generosity:

  1. Inspire: Serves as the catalyst for culture shaping to inspire and motivate. While this can happen in many different creative environments, most occur in corporate worship settings.
  1. Teach: Provides stewardship teaching based on spiritual development stages. Curriculum is chosen and/or developed based on measures of where your people are, and integrated into small groups, mid-sized
    groups, and other connection formats.
  1. Advance: Gives focus to key donors and leaders to disciple those with higher capacity or the spiritual gift of giving. This helps move people to deeper levels of maturity and discipleship.
  1. Manage: Equips churches with accountability and back-office systems to achieve and maintain the culture of generosity. This helps ensure the rhythm of the church’s Loop is tracked and implemented consistently.

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