What Defines a Generous Church?

Episode #238
July 1, 2016
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Podcast Episode #238

Discuss the characteristics of generous churches and how to tell if your church is a generous one or not.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Weekly per capita giving is one of the best numbers to use to measure financial health of a church.
  • The average weekly per capita giving in the U.S. is $30.
  • There are certain types of financial campaigns that are more likely to get people involved.
  • Churches that have foundation funds tend to be the least generous.
  • It’s good to know if your church is financially dependent on a few giving units or if the giving is spread throughout the church.
  • We should give cheerfully, not reluctantly.

The six characteristics of a generous church are:

  1. Weekly per capita giving.
  2. Trends in budget giving.
  3. Responsiveness to special offerings
  4. Giving relative to the socioeconomics of the community.
  5. Not overly dependent on one or a few giving units.
  6. A biblical understanding of stewardship.

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