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Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) Paperback – July 8, 2012
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About the Author
Chris Willard has more than 20 years of experience in professional ministry leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an MBA from Belhaven College. He is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences across the country including FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage conference. Before joining LN at the start of 2007, he was the Executive Pastor of Discovery Church in Orlando. Currently, Chris serves as the director of development for OneHundredX and is the director of Leadership Network's Rapid Growth and Generous Churches Leadership Communities. He lives in Orlando with his wife Susan and their three children.
Jim Sheppard is CEO and principal of Generis, a consulting firm committed to developing and accelerating generosity for churches and Christian ministry organizations. He is an avid student of generosity and is passionate about helping church people become more generous. Since 1992, his work with churches and ministry organizations has produced more than $950 million in funding for Kingdom-related projects. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Nancy, and their two grown daughters. www.JimSheppard.net
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Top Customer Reviews
Interesting observations made by the authors include:
* One of the biggest mistakes church leaders make in the area of preaching about generosity is that they raise the issue only when they are trying to raise money
* Generosity needs to be a thread which runs through the mission and organisation of the entire church
* Generosity is cultivated by pastors when they celebrate giving which goes beyond the church as much as giving which goes to the church
* Scarcity is a cancer, for which generosity is the cure
* As a church leader, if you want to create a culture of generosity in your church, you will have to find a way to stay informed about the giving habits of your people
* Generous churches are led by generous pastors
* Conversations about money need to be connected to stories of changed lives
* Churches are notorious for taking their donors for granted
I found the book both enlightening and inspiring. When comparing church income with church expenditure, most pastors wish that they could encourage their members to become a little more generous. Ironically, a culture of generosity amongst the members of a church really starts flowing only when the church sets aside its own financial needs and demonstrates by example generosity in its giving to others.
Willard and Sheppard claim that money is perhaps the most measurable aspect of our faith. Examining an individual's spending and giving patterns are an indicator of his faith commitment. Similarly examining a church's spending outside of itself gives an indication of the faith maturity of a church as a whole. Because individuals and churches can easily fall back into old selfish habits, a culture of generosity must be continually cultivated.
The authors list six actions that leaders can take to develop a culture of generosity in a church:
Cast (and recast) vision
Highlight good stewardship
Contagious Generosity has three parts: Church Development, Leadership Development, and Impact. At the end of every chapter is a summarized list of key ideas and a list of discussion questions. I recommend the book to church leaders who know their church is not generous and would like vision and tools for creating a culture of generosity.
But CONTAGIOUS GENEROSITY is an excellent resource, especially geared toward pastors and church administrators. Two of the main themes are that a culture of giving needs to be developed in congregations, and that being generous is in fact, quite contagious.
Chapter 3, GENEROSITY IS CONTAGIOUS, is fittingly perhaps the best in the book.
While definitely written for pastors and those in church leadership, any Christ follower will benefit greatly from reading and studying the concepts set forth in the book. The authors go to great lengths to remind the reader that generosity really should be the hallmark of the believer, in all areas of our lives.
Lots of great advice and an easy read. Well worth the time and effort.
Well done Jim and Chris
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book on biblical generosity I have ever read. Excellent teaching.Published 2 months ago by Bcarv
Disappointing, it is redundant, repetitive and has very little creative insight.Published 3 months ago by Jim
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One of the best chapters is on holding Staff and Leaders accountable.Published 9 months ago by Roy Maxwell
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