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6 Feb. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Stewardship

Three Thoughts on the Value of Giving and Stewardship

Church Development consistently teaches the key understanding that stewardship is not fundraising. Today’s blog shares three aspects as to why that is.   

In starting out the year, I often like to remind people of key points (as some advice, in any industry, holds true). One such piece was on how to avoid doing a capital campaign in your church. I noted that the key is fixing the lack of stewardship, and while I gave some suggestions, there is a fundamental understanding of stewardship—that key piece churches are missing—that most churches simply don’t get:

Stewardship =/= fundraising.

Now I’ve done blogs on this in the past (see here), as it’s an understanding that is A) seemingly easy forgotten, and B) so important, I’m back to cover it again.

Three things to consider:

3 Oct. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Tithe Secrets

Tithe Secrets: A Giving Mentor

In tithe secrets, Church Development shares how those who give 10%+ of their income to the church came to that realization. Today's tither had a mentor who emphasized the value of giving.

Last time I shared one of these tither secrets, I shared a viewpoint from a tither who believed that anything that is sacrificial is worship.

Today's testimony* comes from an older gentleman who is a mentor to many people in his church. Not surprisingly, he himself was mentored:

6 Jun. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Tithe Secrets

Tithe Secrets: “Anything That is Sacrificial is Worship”

In tithe secrets, Church Development shares how those who give 10%+ of their income to the church came to that realization. Today's tither had his perspective shifted when he realized tithing was a sacrificial form of worship.

“Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase”   -- Proverbs 3:9 (NKJV)

Last time I shared one of these tither secrets, I shared from a natural tither—someone seemingly gifted with the understanding of the value of generosity and had reaped its blessings ever since—but not all tithers are born and easily bred to this standard. Todays testimony* comes from a tither who had to wrestle with the painful sacrifice of tithing (and sometimes still does so today):

26 Mar. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Closing Thoughts on Common Worldviews

Church Development summarizes the three common worldviews, how each group perceives giving, and final thoughts on each.

As covered over the last couple of weeks, there are three dominant psychographic worldviews (“psychographics” is the fancy word for studying all the variables that can make up a common viewpoint, including personality, values, attitude, interests, and lifestyles).

In order of prominence:

21 Mar. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Worldviews That Influence Tithing #3: Stewards

Church Development looks at the three main worldviews and how each group perceives giving. Today’s blog focuses on the third and final main group: Stewards.

As previously covered, there are three dominant psychographic worldviews (“psychographics” is the fancy word for studying all the variables that can make up a common viewpoint, including personality, values, attitudes, interests, and lifestyles). Last time I covered consumers, who make up 47% of the population. The third main worldview in the western world—stewards—makes up 24% of the population*:

Stewards know that all they have is a gift from God and that their material gifts are in their temporary custody.

19 Mar. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Worldviews That Influence Tithing #2: Consumers

Church Development looks at the three main worldviews and how each group perceives giving. Today’s blog focuses on the second group: Consumers.

I, Maderibeyza [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs mentioned last time, there are three dominant psychographic worldviews (“psychographics” is the fancy word for studying all the variables that can make up a common viewpoint, including personality, values, attitudes, interests, and lifestyles). Last time I covered traditionalists, who make up 29% of the population. The second main worldview in the western world—consumers—makes up 47% of the population*:

Consumers shop for everything, including churches. I’ve heard it referred to as the salad bar approach: where you can take a little or a lot of what you like and leave out what you don’t. 

14 Mar. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Generosity

Worldviews That Influence Tithing #1: Traditionalists

By Roman Oleinik (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creatiecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development looks at the three main worldviews and how each group perceives giving. Up first: Traditionalists. 

I recently wrapped a series on five suggestions from tithers. As tithing continues to be a rarity—only 5% of the American population gifts 10% or more of their income—I like to focus on not only what makes people tithe, but also what stops them from tithing. Thus, this series on the main worldviews will be based more on how these viewpoints often quench generosity.

There are three dominant psychographic worldviews (“psychographics” is the fancy word for studying all the variables that can make up a common viewpoint, including personality, values, attitudes, interests, and lifestyles). The first main worldview—traditionalists—makes up 29% of the population*:

19 Feb. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Tithe Secrets

Tithe Secrets: Client Comments on Tithing

In tithe secrets, Church Development shares how those who give 10%+ of their income to the church came to that realization. Today’s blog shares some of the tithe comments we received from a 2010 study.

Usually in tithe secrets I focus on one specific tither story, but for this particular blog, I’m just going to share four perspectives: One who viewed sharing as normal, another as logical, one who (sadly) viewed tithing as a way to avoid hell, and the last who believed we were made to share blessings:

7 Feb. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Those Likeliest to Tithe

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we share those who are the most likely and the least likely to tithe.

Last time I shared that 80% of the U.S. gives less than 2% to charitable organizations. Although only 5% of the U.S. tithes, let’s look at the likeliest demographics to do so*:

5 Feb. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: The 95% Who Don’t Tithe

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we share a breakdown of what percentage of income the U.S. gives.

I’ve often mentioned the common Barna statistic that only 5% of the U.S. tithes. Well, what about the remaining 95%?

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