Generosity Assessments for Churches
Have you ever wondered:
if giving at your church is ‘normal’?
what types of people are steady givers?
how younger givers become mature givers?
A Generosity Assessment looks at church giving numbers, asks two easy (and anonymous) questions of congregants and then paints a picture of the giving landscape at your church.
The results generate a lot of discussion and suggest practical next steps in cultivating generosity.
Christians give in grateful obedience to a generous God; start your stewardship journey with gladness!
A Generosity Assessment can be done with an individual congregation, or a small cohort of congregations. In-person or remotely using technology, or a combination.
Research: I’m experienced with focus groups and surveys and can help your church, parish or denomination understand giving trends.
Speaker: I have a growing repertoire of presentations and workshops and am always pleased to create new ones. I also enjoy preaching, even tough stewardship texts!
Coaching: My toolkit includes: narrative budgeting, promoting planned giving, gratitude updates, stewardship storytelling, guidance with pre-authorized giving or online giving.
Fundraising can feel awkward for a small church or charity. Perhaps you are asking for funds which include your own salary. You are an integral part of your ministry! Stewardship coaching can help grow a small organization.
I often hear people describe fundraising as “begging for money,” or have pastors tell me that they do not involve themselves in financial matters. Money is a heart matter: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).” Fundraising is not begging for money, but rather involving people in ministry.
Here’s the Circle of Grace model that I used in my D. Min. Thesis (based on the writing of New Testament scholar James Dunn). We all receive God’s grace. As stewards of this grace, we share it through gracious action towards other people. We share our time, talents and treasure – i.e. our money. The recipients praise God for what they have received.
Fundraising offers people the opportunity to participate in the gracious action that your church or charity is doing, however you define that gracious action. Everyone is involved in the circle of grace model.
This page offers the briefest of introductions to the theology that informs my work. I also have many practical suggestions. I am so pleased when coaching helps a small charity or church increase their ongoing support. Please contact me if I might help you further your ministry.