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The Top 4 Practical Reasons Why People Give to Your Church

We are going to share with you four reasons why people give to your church. We understand that the reasons below are pragmatic, but we want to encourage you to look beyond their practical nature. As a church leader, you are called by God to make disciples (Matt. 28:18–20), and a significant part of your call as a church leader is to lead your people to live a generous lifestyle.

We are going to ask you a question, but you are not allowed to answer it with faith, God, or the Bible.

Alright, are you ready?

Do you know why people give to your church?

Take a moment to think about your answer. If you are like many church leaders, then this can be a difficult question to answer. But the answer to this issue is more important than you realize.

In general, people who believe in Jesus and the Bible will give to your church, but someone’s faith will only carry them so far for so long. If you have been in local church ministry long enough, then you know that giving can look like an EKG of a man or woman with a high heart rate: It is up, down, and all over the place.

Below, we are going to share with you four reasons why people give to your church. We understand that the reasons below are pragmatic, but we want to encourage you to look beyond their practical nature. As a church leader, you are called by God to make disciples (Matt. 28:18–20), and a significant part of your call as a church leader is to lead your people to live a generous lifestyle.

#1. People trust the church’s leadership

Trust is a significant factor in motivating people to give.

If an individual does not trust your church’s leadership, then they will not financially support your church. If people in your church do not believe in its leadership, then you have a bigger problem on your hands than finances.

#2. People are emotionally invested

People give from their heart; not their head.

As a church leader, it is important to teach people how to live a generous lifestyle, but this is not enough. You have to connect the hearts of your church to the work of the ministry. One of the best ways you can make this connection is by telling stories of individual life transformation.

Studies show that people connect with individual stories; not with information. Fight the temptation only to share financial information and look for ways you can include personal stories of transformation.

#3. People are involved with your church

Multiple experiments have shown that volunteers are more likely to give versus those who do not volunteer. From a biblical perspective, this makes sense.

There is more to living a generous lifestyle than how much money you give. When you follow Jesus, you will be compelled to be generous with your entire life, which includes your time, your skills, and your financial resources.

There will be seasons in the life of a Christian when he or she is unable to be generous with their life. But, in general, the Christian life will be marked by being a generous person with their entire life.

#4. People are inspired to give

Giving is contagious.

When people hear stories from others outside of the church leadership, then they will be more inclined to give. The stories they hear will allow them to see a flesh and blood example of how God works in the life of his people and through them.

You can share stories from the pulpit, during Sunday School, or within small groups. These stories can be formal and planned for, but at other times, these stories will happen organically during conversations or within group settings.

As a church leader, you can collect stories from people or encourage your leaders and volunteers to share their stories with others if the time is right.

What practical reason would you add to this list? Share your idea in the comments in below!

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The Top 4 Practical Reasons Why People Give to Your Church