Turn a regular giver into a tither. After people have started to give to your church on a regular basis, encourage them to follow God’s command to give a tithe – 10 percent of their income – to support the church. Show people how being obedient to God’s command to tithe is joyful act of worship that shows Him that they love and trust Him. Explain to people that if they grow as givers, the church can grow in its ability to do God’s work, making it possible for God’s purposes to be fully reached in their own lives and in their church community. Make sure that your pastor, staff members, and volunteer church leaders are all tithing so they can set the right example for others in your congregation. Remember that growing in giving is a vital part of growing spiritually, so don’t settle for less than urging everyone in your church to keep growing in generosity.

Turn a tither into an extravagant giver. Help people who faithfully tithe learn how to give sacrificially beyond their tithe, building a lifestyle of generosity that will keep expanding their souls and expanding God’s kingdom work on through your church. Challenge people to give extravagantly during special giving opportunities, such as capital campaigns to add onto your church’s building or the annual Christmas offering near the end of each year. Let them hear personal testimonies from others who have given extravagantly and experienced God’s blessings through their generosity.

Adapted from Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church, copyright 2010 by Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerbooks.com.
Nelson Searcy served as the director of The Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church before starting The Journey Church of the City in New York City in 2002. He and his 1,200-member church appear routinely on lists such as The 50 Most Influential Churches and The 25 Most Innovative Leaders. His newsletter for pastors and church leaders, Church Leader Insights, now reaches more than 40,000 subscribers and continues to grow by hundreds each month. Searcy 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.