Giving

Why Is People’s Motivation for Giving Important?

It’s a long-standing tension in Christian circles: What motivates people to be generous? Is it duty? Discipline? Response to God’s generosity? A recent study by Barna Group reveals some helpful insights into the question of why people give. For church and ministry leaders, these insights amount to a call to discipleship, helping people better understand who they are in Christ and why giving is vital to their life in him. [read more]

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Is your church set up to receive card donations or purchases?

My children have attended daycare over the years. They’ve also participated in activities like sports and dance. To my disappointment, each of these services and opportunities costs money! Yes, I understand that those who provide services to my family need to be paid. It’s just that every month when I get a bill, it’s painful to spend that money. [read more]

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Empty Wallet? No Problem!

More and more people are carrying fewer checks and less cash these days. I used to make a special point of grabbing my checkbook each week to take it to church. Not anymore! [read more]

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Who Are the Givers? And How Can You Become One of Them?

Are Christians more generous? The Bible teaches us that giving is an act of worship, but as we all strive to live by Jesus’ teaching about generosity, we may find that variances among Christian giving – even when and how much to give – do exist. [read more]

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How Do You Build a Culture of Stewardship?

Is stewardship a discipline or a way of life? Well, the biblical answer is yes. One key to creating a culture of stewardship is to take a holistic approach. How can you craft this kind of your approach for your church? [read more]

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How Do You Handle the Stuff People Donate?

A recent mailing from my college alma mater included a list of ways that I could donate to the school, including noncash gifts. Ministries often receive these kinds of donations. When you do, what are your legal, financial and biblical responsibilities? [read more]

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