An effective Disciples’ Generous Response…
- contains a message integrated with the rest of the worship service.
- reflects the mission of Jesus Christ that is supported by contributions of Community of Christ members, friends, and/or affiliates.
- helps contributors recognize the sacred purpose of their contributions to Mission Tithes.
- connects persons of all ages to the message, nurturing disciples to be ready and eager to respond.
- is presented by a prepared and engaging worship participant (priesthood or non-priesthood) who believes in generosity and is a contributor.
- has elements of a joyful celebration of thanksgiving.
- Consider the use of visuals, illustrations, or object lessons.
- If you need help, seek assistance from someone with more experience.
- Make the message challenging; everyone can give something regularly (according to means and capacity).
- Talk to the people; make eye contact.
- Focus on the contributor as much or more than the contribution.
- Be honest, objective, and positive.
- Simple templates to help you use existing generosity resources
- Stewardship scriptures
- Offering envelopes (for adults and children) from your CFO
- Becoming a Generous Disciple: Six Principles to Live By from Herald House
- We receive the offering; we do not take it up.
- It is an offering, not a collection.
- The first Sunday focus is Abolish Poverty, End Suffering which includes Oblation and World Hunger ministry.
- Giving is more about grace than formulas and calculations.
- First decide how much to give, then decide which funds to give to.
- Share equally between Congregation Ministries and World Ministries.
- Every gift is important—to God, to the giver, and to the ministry of the church.
- Funds are the means to ministry. God not only wants our money, God needs our money. But first, God needs our heart.
- Giving is a joy and a privilege.