Church Giving: An Emotional Decision
Church giving is an emotional decision because let’s face it, it involves money.
“Every pastor in the world is asking the question: how do tap into the emotional aspect of giving?” Pastor Phillip Dunn says. To do this he targets two principles for creating a culture of giving in your church.
Giving is a Discipleship Issue
One way to tap into the emotional aspect of church giving is to learn how to say “this is what we want for you as a disciple of Christ. This is not about people giving to avoid guilt,” Dunn says. He goes on: …The thing that has to happen in people’s hearts is that they have to understand that they’re on this earth in order to make a difference, and one of the greatest ways that we can tangibly make a difference is through our resources.”
Start with a Vision
The next helpful principle Dunn targets is casting a vision.
“When people get a vision for living beyond themselves, it changes their faith,” he says.
Communicating giving to his congregation always starts with asking a question of God first: What do you want us to do in our community, city, and world? Once you have a vision for how your church is going to answer God’s call, then you call people into it.
People can have 12 different ways to give and a hundred different causes to give to, but unless they are discipled and given vision, it won’t change anything in their generosity.