Church Stewardship Ideas
By: Brian Kluth
There are proven ways in which churches of all sizes have increased offerings. Here are 10 creative ways to increase offerings by 10 to 25 percent.
#1 - Generosity Devotional and/or Financial Sermon Series
Pastor John Maxwell has taught thousands of pastors Biblical stewardship principles at pastors' conferences he puts on. He says teaching an annual four-message stewardship series is the single most important thing he does every year to help people grow in their spiritual and financial life. He has done this every year for 20 years.
Only one of the four messages he gives specifically deals with giving money. Over the years, some of the month-long themes included: "God's Challenge, Our Choice," "Taking the Stew Out of Stewardship," "The ABC's of Stewardship," and "It's a Matter of Trust."
Be sure to try and use real-life illustrations in your sermons. Tell people how the Lord has creatively provided for you and/or others you know who faithfully honored the Lord in their giving. When you teach from the head it goes to the head, but when you teach from a life, it goes to a life.
#2 - Outside Teaching Resources That Will Teach Christians How To Become More Generous and Better Manage Their Finances
* MAXIMUM Generosity's "40 Days to a More Generous Life" Bible Devotional
These excellent materials for small group financial Bible studies, Sunday school classes, stewardship campaigns, or seminars will help take people in your congregation to a whole new level of financial peace and Biblical generosity.
#3 - Personal Giving Testimonies
Some churches with video equipment have done these as taped interviews and then played them during the service. Use weekly questions from the www.GenerousLife.info devotional to help people develop their generosity story/testimony.
#4 - Designated Giving
#5 - 90-Day Tithing Challenge
Following the month-long stewardship preaching series, his church would ask regular givers to turn in a card saying they will tithe the next year. He would ask non-tithers and new people to sign a card saying they would begin to tithe. The church offered a full refund to anyone who tithes for 90 days and then regretted this decision.
#6 - All-Church Tithing Sunday
Tally this information and report the totals back to the congregation. People will be amazed to discover that if they faithfully gave 10 percent of their income to the Lord's work in their local church, that they could expand the church budget two to four times for missions, staff, regular operations, and building/renovation projects.
#7 - Pre-Offering Bible Verse, Comments and Offertory Prayer by a Church Leader
#8 - Effective Use of Your Church's Giving Records
#9 - Outside Guest Speaker
#10 - Start a Christian Financial Counseling Ministry
I have seen churches that have used just three or four of these ideas and have increased their giving 10 to 25 percent or more!
Brian Kluth is the author of the world’s bestselling 30 & 40 Day www.GenerousLife.org devotionals used by over 2,000 churches to inspire generosity and increase giving, the founder of the www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org church stewardship website and free eNewsletter for pastors, and the founder of the www.StateofthePlate.info research on church giving.