Giving out of Obligation or Gratitude?
Well folks, it’s family vacation time. Thank goodness, WWIII has yet to break out (though it’s been close). Here’s a piece that was originally posted on May 1, 2013. Back then, these were fighting words and I heard from a lot of you. Have things changed much over three years? I’m sure you’ll let me know.
How can you move people from “obligation-centered” to a “spiritually-centered” giving?
- Preach more about what Jesus said regarding money and possessions
- Provide concrete examples of people who inspire you to live generously
- Encourage your congregation to read the Bible on a daily basis so that they can see for themselves what the Good Book says about generosity
- Make giving a joyous and celebratory experience
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past decade, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over $2.5 million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She admits it: She had to look up the word “deontology.” FYI…the Oregon Coast is lovely this time of year. She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at email@example.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.