+Pr. Dee Pederson, Director for Evangelical Mission
During the past two months, nearly everything about how we function in ministry has changed. At the same time, your congregation’s ministries have never been more important. Your people and your communities need these ministries to remain strong; and ministry depends upon generosity.
So how do we talk about generosity and money in times like this? Begin with what you say to introduce the Offering – the time when someone might be writing out a check or making an online donation.
- THANK people for their continued generosity.
- TELL a brief story about the impact of your ministries. People want to know how God is working in people’s live through your ministries right now in this unprecedented time.
- So what if, instead of telling them that 13 people showed up for Zoom Bible Study this week, you say something like this? Let me tell you a story about how your ongoing generosity is making a difference for the people in our online Bible Study. This week, Betty told me how much it means for her to be connected to people who care about her through our Bible Study right now. And she wanted to thank you for making that possible.
- Or suppose you shared a quote from someone connected to a food ministry, someone who has seen your church’s generosity of food or money provide help to someone who has been unemployed for 7 weeks?
- Or what if you share a quote from someone who reached out to tell you how much the online worship they’re a part of right now meant to them last week?
- Or if you are holding online worship, how powerful would it be for people to hear a brief, recorded thanks from someone you invite to speak in their own words?
- INFORM people of the many ways they can express their generosity – check, direct giving, online, text, app. If technology allows, name these giving methods on the screen.
- Because we can’t say “thank you” enough, THANK people for their continued generosity that sustains the ministries of your congregation in this time when so many people are looking to God for help and hope.