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Success Stories: A Stewardship Example From Elementary School Sisters

18 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Success Stories

Church Development shares a stewardship success story of two young sisters sharing God’s blessings with each other.

I love stewardship success stories at any level. It’s not all just about raising capital (although we have those stories, too—one of our recent capital campaigns raised eight times annual giving); it’s about seeing God’s blessings flow through everyone at every level.

Today’s success story comes from two young sisters—one in first grade, the other in fourth:

One of our Colorado churches motivates their kids to learn about and connect with God by rewarding them with church bucks that can be turned in for toys and treats. If you show up, you get one. Bring your Bible, that’s another. Memorize a verse, well that’s five (and so on). Any child can immediately get a reward from the church bucks store (really a cabinet that stays closed until after service lets out). Some kids immediately cash in to get a piece of candy or a spinning top every week; others save up for bigger prizes like model cars, jump ropes, etc.

This church also has canned food in there for any kid who wants to use their church bucks to give to the food bank (parents are often invited to encourage their child by walking them through to the food bank container). Finally, there’s an offering basket where any child or parent can give church bucks or regular ol’ US dollars. Overall, it’s teaching stewardship from a young age.  

Yesterday, a pair of sisters earned some church bucks by learning Bible verses. The youngest—who just joined the 1st-5th graders group this year—immediately bought toys for her older sister.

Why? Well, for years, the older sister bought toys for her with her church bucks, and the influence of sharing God’s blessings replicated itself. The little sister wanted to give back because that’s the grace she was shown.

Don’t forget: You influence those around you, too. Use that influence well. 

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Denis Greene is the Founder and President of Church Development.  He is the author of The Stewardship SystemStewardship-Based Capital Campaigns, and How To Ask For Donations as well as numerous articles on stewardship. Denis has helped over 200 churches across the USA raise more than $200,000,000.

A complete list of Church Development’s services (including capital campaign management and consultation, feasibility studies, and year-round stewardship ministry programming) is available here.