Mind Your Manners and Say Thank You!
Last Tuesday, Bill Mullette-Bauer and I had the good fortune to meet with the clergy of the Crater Lake District. We met with them to start changing the culture of the church around the topic of money. In the afternoon, I asked people to come up with their most creative ideas around three areas: ask, thank, and tell (this is also the name of an excellent book by Charles R. Lane). Lots of ideas were generated – so, while it’s not exactly “creative” here is one of the best:
Write a thank you letter and insert it with each quarterly giving statement.
It’s that simple…and it’s not being done enough.
Here’s some suggestions on how to do it:
Yes, this takes time…but the rewards are great. People feel so much better about tithing knowing where their gift is going and that it is appreciated.
More on this topic coming soon!