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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801072185
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Turn First-Time Givers into Generous Stewards

Maximize
is the ultimate how-to book for pastors and church leaders who long for their churches to be fully resourced and able to carry out ministry initiatives without financial strain. Shining a light on the often taboo subject of money, Maximize offers an innovative, step-by-step plan for systemizing and maximizing financial gifts while growing strong disciples. You'll learn how to

cultivate first-time givers
challenge people to tithe
develop an ongoing stewardship system
follow up with givers the right way
develop multiple giving options
shepherd the five types of givers in your church
educate people to grow in the grace of giving

Stewardship is an essential part of discipleship. This revolutionary, biblically based guide will chase the money discussion out of the darkness and bring it the attention it deserves.

"I will read anything I can get my big hands on if Nelson Searcy's name is on it. He is one of the most practical writers I've read on any topic relating to the church. Maximize is must reading for all pastors."--Aubrey Malphurs, founder, the Malphurs Group; professor of pastoral ministries, Dallas Seminary

"Nelson is one of the most strategically minded leaders on the planet. I love how he uses his gift to share with other church leaders the steps we can take to make sure our churches are healthy."--Perry Noble, pastor, NewSpring Church

"So many 'good' churches could become 'great' churches with more financial resources to equip them to do what God is leading them to do. Read Maximize immediately--and tell every pastor you know to buy this book!"--Philip Wagner, lead pastor, Oasis Church, Los Angeles, CA

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church of the City with locations in New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, and Boca Raton, Florida. He is also the founder of www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com. He and his church appear routinely on lists such as the 50 Most Influential Churches and the 25 Most Innovative Leaders. Nelson lives in New York City.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

About the Author

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Customer Reviews

The book "Maximize" is an eye opener.
B. Adebisi
This is probably one of the best books I have read as far as the author providing examples and samples of the material he uses.
Melissa
That is why I highly recommend this book to any pastor or church leader involved with stewardship issues.
Aaron R. Smith

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Adebisi on September 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book "Maximize" is an eye opener. It is impossible to explain how much I have learnt from it. It's one of those books that you will have to read over and over again. "Maximize" is not one of those books you just throw on the shelf after reading it, you want to call every pastor in the phone book to recommend it to them.

Just few things I have learnt from this book:
1. "Maximize" teaches me to be a disciplined pastor in encouraging my church members in the area of financial stewardship.
2. It helps understand the need to teach the church that giving is part of spiritual growth, spiritual maturity and an act of worship.
3. "Maximize" teaches you not to be afraid to talk about money in church.
4. The power of testimonies given by those who regularly tithe is the single most powerful tool for supporting your teaching.
5. As a leader or pastor I must be a faithful steward first before I can teach it to others.
6. Hold leaders and staff in the church accountable. Inconsistency in tithing amongst church staff or leaders affects the whole church.
7. Maximize has helped me to understand that everyone in the church can be an extravagant giver.
8. True generosity is not how much you give but how much you have left.
9. It helps you understand stewardship is more than just getting the givers money. We need to be concerned about the givers spiritual maturity.
10. "Maximize" teaches the importance of spending time on a personal level developing discipleship with your faithful givers, with systematic follow ups.

Pastor Bola Adebisi
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Johnson on October 15, 2010
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Stewardship and giving is something every pastor must learn to teach about. As a church planter I need more money, and the people I am reaching are the ones God intended to help us become financially independent. Through Maximize, I have learned simple strategies and principles from God's Word that I can use to teach and train those I am reaching. It has also given me the confidence to talk openly about money with my attenders, members and leaders. Here are a ten things I took away from this book.

1-Send hand written THANK YOU notes to first time gives.

2- Follow Up with givers in all levels

3-Offer a bigger & pre stamped envelope

4-Stop our Sunday service and offer a time of giving

5- Preach 4 times about stewardship each year

6-Offer multiple ways for people to give

7-Hold staff and key leaders accountable with giving

8-Teach consistently about bringing the FULL TITHE

9-Offer a TITHE CHALLENGE at least once a year

10- Send biannual giving statements (next year quarterly giving statements)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George C. Price on October 19, 2011
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What I like about Nelson Seacy's books is the fact that they'e not about theory but down to earth practical advice. Maximize is no exception. Here's what I learned from Maximize.

1. You have to have healthy stewardship to have a healthy church. Stewardship is about discipleship. Followers of Jesus give. I have to admit that I never made the connection between the two. I always thought that healthy churches gave, but I never considered the fact that healthy stewardship was part of how the church became and stayed healthy.

2. God has a specific plan for fully resourcing His church and freeing His people from financial repression. This hit me hard. I never thought of it in these terms. But it makes perfect sense and is Biblically sound. God has a plan for everything else. Why not funding His church. Therefore, I don't have to come up with a plan or use guilt inducing gimmicks. I just teach His plan. Duh!

3. You can't be a mature believer without giving. I've seen it too many times, members who are spiritual pygmies. They've been coming to church for thirty years, but have no depth to their souls. Stewardship is integral with discipleship.

4. You have to have multiple giving options. The offering plate won't cut it, especially in this debit card culture. And if the only time the congregation can give is on Sunday morning, you're leaving a lot of God's money in their pockets.

5. You can't let people climb the leadership ladder without also climbing the generosity ladder. It's leads to problems and hurt. I've pastored this church. Several times. I know that is a direct correlation to the maturity issue I mentioned above.

6. Giving isn't about money. It is about growing in Christ.

7. People want to give.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By heyeddieman on April 21, 2011
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Maximize does lay a great foundation for giving. How? By showing that giving and generosity are basic values of discipleship that ought to be maturing over time.

Here are my 10 takeaways on the book:

1. It is impossible to become a fully developed follower of Jesus without also becoming a fully developed steward of financial resources. Again, where your treasure is there your heart will also be.

2. Giving should be an outward, material expression of a deep, spiritual commitment... and indication of a willing and obedient heart. Larry Burkett

3. Maximize is the stewardship system that was developed out of this singular goal to cultivate first-time givers and move them towards extravagant giving.
' Turn a first-time giver and do a regular giver.
' Turn a regular giver into a tither.
' Turn a tither into an extravagant giver.

4. By nature, the concept of generosity is in conflict with the concept of self preservation. Andy Stanley.

5. So teach on stewardship four times a year.
' Teach on money mid-to-late January
' teach on money right after kids get back to school.
' Pick two other stewardship Sundays during the year at your own discretion.
' Along with this new stewardship testimonies two times a year

6. Revolutionary gratitude
' Giving is a way of taking the focus off the money we make and put it back where it belongs on the lives we lead, the families we raise, the communities that nurture us.
' Our goal is to create a culture of generosity. (that is more than money)
' Stewardship is discipleship, which creates a culture of generosity, encouraging generosity through education and strategic stewardship practices, and following up with givers effectively.

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