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Any time a congregation slips into maintenance mode, what happens? As an example, what would happen if your church leaders consistently said, "I've got to get some new members around here so that we can make sure we can pay our bills." Pretty soon the congregation would be hard pressed to hear God's guidance and the manna in the congregation would be in danger of going bad. So self-involvement leads to poor listening which leads to the manna God provides going bad.
"How can we make sure that our pledges will match our budget?"
Focus on faith response as opposed to fund raising!
Texts: Mark 6:38 and Romans 8:24
Asset Based Planning
Asset-based thinking begins with the idea that God has given us all kinds of opportunities to use our gifts for God's glory (and the glory of God's kingdom).
Different generations reflect different types of givers within a congregation.
In a sociological study of American Christians, the authors search for an answer to the question: "Why do Christians in the United States not give away their money much more generously than they do?"
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