How do you feel when talking about money?
Truth is, for most of us, talking about money from the stage feels awkward and counterproductive? We seem to dread the “money series” and tip-toe around the topic.
We shouldn’t. The money week should be our favorite week. It should be a sought after subject, not the one we try and sluff off on the new guy.
Here’s the truth: Talking about money is OUR FAVORITE subject, and after a few tweaks, it will be yours too.
The first step in making the “money series” your favorite series is to make the focus less on receiving revenues and more on increasing your impact. People give to what they feel, see, and believe in. We are well beyond the years of “giving to the church” out of mere obligation. So, it’s time to start showing our members we are doing something significant, and it’s something they’ll WANT to join.
The goal is to simply shift the spotlight from collecting money onto what you are accomplishing with the money collected.
The next step is to make the money week, every week. By repeatedly providing real and compelling reasons to give, you’ll create an authentic environment for people to grow in giving. Celebrate what is being accomplished through your donations REGULARLY.
The results will be an increase in donors and donations.
What does the Bible say?
You already know. You’ve preached this passage before. But, let’s try to read it with a perspective twist.
Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so many blessings that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Open the floodgates, and pour out blessings.
Many perceive this passage as, if they give, God will bless THEM. But what Malachi 3:10 says, is, if people GIVE, God will pour out BLESSINGS. A personal pronoun does not precede the Blessings. God’s design to care for his communities is through his community. Yes, personal blessings may coincide with giving, but the impact that full communal giving has goes beyond the individual – including the individual church.
So, what does this mean?
The Church is the Funnel
When the local church replies to God’s teaching in Malachi by following suit and “pouring blessings out” on their communities, their participants and communities will notice. When the Church becomes a conduit to harness God’s faithfulness in his Word and floods his goodness through their doors, giving money to the church becomes an exciting topic of conversation. It becomes a celebration, and the church, the people and the community all become recipients of the blessings.
God says to test him in this. So, Let’s Do It.
How does this work?
Gyve can help.
Gyve’s design provides an easy avenue for God’s people and the Church to test him in this promise. It’s a giving platform after all.
YES, the technology helps mainstream the process, and the round-up feature provides a natural income source easily designated for community gifting. But, the real purpose of Gyve goes beyond technology and into the heart of establishing a flood of generosity, into facilitating God’s original calling, and into creating a passage for the floodgates to pour through.
Are people giving TO your Church or THROUGH your Church?
Give through your church and make giving exciting.
Gyve is designed with a full data and analytics reporting system and a built-in communication center to help track giving and encourage progression.
But in order to be successful, YOU, the leaders, must use the data tracking, and the communication tools to encourage, inspire and orchestrate growth within your communities.
Together, we can accomplish great things.
It is our job, as leaders, to share this vision with our churches and our members and set the stage for giving. It is the vision and the impact it is having which will help people grow.
Just Change the Conversation.
We are here to help!
Gyve is an online and mobile giving platform on a mission to help churches build a culture of generosity.
The Gyve system creates environments to develop donors while providing multiple donation options, including one-time, recurring and roundup (microdonation) giving. Gyve is complete with data analysis, reporting, giving-trend tracking, and target marketing.