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8 Feb. 2016 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

The key to generosity is engagement


As we at Church Development seek to better serve churches as they grow a culture of stewardship, we are constantly studying best practices. Hundreds of churches have participated in our stewardship based church capital campaigns and have helped us discover the keys to success. 
The key to generosity is engagement. We now have research to prove it. Stewardship, the virtue of generosity, is not based in fear, guilt, sales, or pressure, but in engagement.

29 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Humans of New York: The Power of Giving

I saw this today from the Humans of New York art photography exhibit. What a great testament to the power of joyful giving. This one comes from a women from Entebbe, Uganda. The question was: "Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?"

"One day, I was sent home from my final exams because my mother had not been able to pay the registration fees. On the way home, a man came up to me and asked what was wrong. 'Nothing,' I told him. He asked me again. So I told him that I'd been sent home from school. He then gave me the money I needed to take my exams. I'd never seen him before, and I've never seen him again."


14 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

8 Steps to Stewardship Failure

Church Development shares eight areas of failure that have cultivated a lack of generosity.

Last time, I shared my favorite analogy for stewardship.

In sticking with standards that remain true over time, here are eight underlying causes that continue to cultivate a lack of generosity:

12 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Galilee Giving

Church Development shares the cultural shift we’re looking to achieve in our churches when it comes to stewardship.

Although there’s so much to learn (and then unlearn or relearn) when it comes to stewardship, there are certain standards that remain true and relevant. For me, it’s my understanding of the Sea of Galilee versus the Dead Sea, and how that applies to stewardship. No matter what the year or the medium, this is the example I share, and I’ve used it again in my latest book, The Stewardship System:

25 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Church Giving Via QR Codes and Texting

Church Development covers how mobile giving is expanding by donating via text or QR code.

Over the last set of blogs, I’ve covered the importance of mobile giving, but spectrum is broadening beyond simply visiting a mobile-optimized giving page on your church’s website:

QR Codes

Sure, it looks like a poorly-designed maze, but QR codes (or quick response codes) are everywhere these days. Even an Average Joe can use a QR code generator to link to just about anything.

For churches utilizing QR codes, usage falls into two main camps:

20 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

The Importance of Personalization to Online Giving

As more people choose to give online to churches, Church Development shares the importance of a personal connection with your potential givers.

In wrapping up this series on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s study on why most charities fail when it comes to online giving (and what this means to the church), I’m going to share a couple of minor closing points to engage your givers.

To recap, the major points we’ve covered are as follows:

While both of these points are important, they do nothing to connect with each giver as individuals. Let’s pick that up here:    

18 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

The Importance of Optimizing Mobile Giving

As more people choose to give online, Church Development covers the importance of optimizing your church website for viewing on a cellphone or tablet.

Last week, I covered the importance of minimizing the number of clicks to get to the online giving page on your church website.

Now that this key point is established, we can cover some of the other tips shared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy study as to why so many charities (and though they aren’t covered, churches) have failed to make the transition to online giving. Currently, online donors represent less than 10% of all charitable giving. However, the study noted that charities that were rated as giving users the best “online-giving experience” raised 25% more than their competitors.

So what’s the best online giving experience?

Okay, okay, that’s a big, nebulous phrase, one that can mean many things, but there were some commonalities. Today’s blog will cover the big one:

13 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Nick Vujicic on Generosity

Inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic shares a motivational minute on generosity:

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11 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Casual Fridays

Tim Keller on the Currency of Generosity

“Generosity is not only about money. There is more than one currency. Let your generosity be persuasive in life.” – Tim Keller

22 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Relevant Magazine: "3 Ways to Stop Stressing About Giving”

Church Development shares a starter article on charitable giving.

Relevant Magazine recently featured an article called “3 Ways to Stop Stressing About Giving.”

Like most articles on the topic, it acknowledges the awkwardness around giving, and it doesn’t cover everything. What it is, however, is a great starter article that you can share with your church. It notes that there might not be a magic feeling or 100% perfect cause, and while the methods might vary, where your heart should be on giving is the same: