Led by Chip Ingram, Genius of Generosity is a church-wide, four week journey that will infuse a practical and inspirational message of Biblical generosity in your church.
Even in this current economic environment, your church can begin a new generosity story. It can start with a common vision and simple conversations – leading to the discovery that generosity is truly genius. Genius of Generosity provides new, inexpensive tools to help lead your people on a four week spiritual journey leveraging multiple teaching environments – preaching on Sunday, teaching during small groups, celebrating through powerful videos to use during worship services and learning through individual study during devotions.
Genius. How often do you use that word to describe something in your life? Not in the “Way to lose the remote, Genius” sense… but in the true spirit of the word. How often do you honestly think, “That was genius” when you look back on your life decisions?
Genius is not a word that we use too often. Maybe that’s because outside of Jesus, and maybe a few Mensa friends, it doesn’t typically apply to the things around us. Going to college is smart; listening to our elders is wise; fixing the desk with duct tape is clever, but none of those things are really genius. However, in a culture that is obsessed with possessions, generosity truly is genius.
Chip Ingram uses the story of a personal friendship and a secret pact to demonstrate that generosity is the gateway to intimacy with God. And as we grow closer to God, we get better at imitating Him. That’s why Chip says that practicing generosity helps us become “small mirrors of the generosity of the King. That’s life in the Kingdom. And that’s pure genius.”
Generous living is attractive to an unbelieving world, especially in turbulent economic times. With church and family budgets stretched how do you spur on generosity in your church?
The comprehensive Genius of Generosity church campaign has everything you need to help raise the tide of generosity in your church and lead your people to greater spiritual maturity through giving…
- Preach powerfully and effectively on generosity
- Optional generosity video promos to compliment your preaching and campaign promotion
- Teach and apply key Biblical truths in small groups
- Learning through individual study during personal devotions
- Engage your church in creative generosity ideas and applications
As you think about the direction for your campaign, we want to encourage you to start with one goal in mind. Make this campaign about what you want FOR your members…instead of what you want FROM them. This is not a traditional finance campaign. It’s not just about growing the budget, it’s about growing disciples.
Three tips for making the most of this church campaign:
1. Teach on generosity apart from an ask or appeal. Make sure the congregation understands God’s Heart on finances. Show them that this is a discipleship matter, not just a budget issue!
2. Align the entire church around the theme of Biblical generosity. When all segments of the church are focused on one unifying message, the impact is exponentially greater.
3. Have a clear and measurable call to action. Find one practical way to begin engaging your people in generous living. This will help them blossom as financially faithful and generous stewards in a materialistic world.
Grow your vision for unleashing generous disciples.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle the mysterious power of generosity and offer it as a gift to everyone around us? The world would be a different place. We all know that a generous heart can change lives and even change the world. After all, when God wanted to change the world He sent us the “indescribable gift” of Jesus. That’s God’s way; He’s generous. And through His radical generosity He began a process of sowing new life into the hearts of twelve unruly, ungenerous men. Ultimately, God’s generosity unleashed a Church of generous disciples (Acts 2).
Imagine what your church would look like if it were characterized in the same way—as a group of generous disciples. What would happen if a significant wave of your congregation started imitating God’s generosity 24/7—and not just for the offering plate? This would be the gospel mobilised and at work. Maybe it’s time to give deeper meaning to the offering plate. Maybe it’s time to seriously consider the power of Biblical generosity.
Genius of Generosity has been designed to help churches like yours with this “unleashing” process. To help you sow the seeds of generosity in your church so you can …
reap a harvest of generous disciples who live generously to change the world around them.
Remarkably, many believers never even consider the relationship between materialism, generosity and discipleship. Seriously. But, for those who see it clearly, this relationship changes everything. When the Spirit of God brings people together around this message, it has the power to move churches from stagnant to flourishing. It has the ability to shift spiritual growth into high gear. That’s when we begin to see God’s people intentionally becoming selfless, sacrificial and seeking to become an active part of God’s redemptive process.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything or our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19