What motivates you may not motivate others. As you teach people to give, it helps to understand their reasons.
- Some give because of relationship. People will give money to an organization because they have a relationship with the people there.
- Some give because of vision. A compelling vision inspires people to give (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). People want to be part of something bigger than themselves. Clear vision helps people understand what God wants to do through his church.
- Some give because of need. People will give to a need, as evidenced by the outpouring of donations after a hurricane or other natural disaster.
- Some give out of obedience. Many people give because they understand God’s directive to give (Malachi 3:9-10; Proverbs 3:9-10; Luke 6:38).
- Some give because of education. People will give when they have been taught what God’s Word says about money.
As you instruct on giving, recognize that some reasons will make more sense to a certain segment of your congregation, while others respond to a different drum. When possible, touch on each of these motives when you explain stewardship to people.
People need to be led, taught, inspired, encouraged, given incentive, celebrated, and helped with their personal money-management in order to become faithful and generous stewards.
Source: Ministry Today
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