Clif Christopher’s book “Whose Offer Plate is It?” offers challenging insight into what motivates people to give to their local congregation. In the chapter titled, “Do we really have to compete?” Clif examines how churches need to consider the competition for people’s charitable giving. People no longer give automatically to the church. We are all inundated with opportunities to give to good, meaningful charities and nonprofits. Clif argues that church member and friends need a convincing case that their money will affect lives in and through their congregation. He writes,
People need to hear our life-changing stories and be helped to understand how their dollars are creating positive change in the lives of people in ways that other institutions could not do. If we want to argue that we are a great place for people to feed the hungry, then World Vision or Oxfam will beat us every day because they are experts at feeding the underprivileged. We, however, are the one place whose mission it is to bring people into the life-changing relationships with Jesus Christ. Share with people how this place helps bring the power of the Holy Spirit into broken and grief-stricken lives. Point out how those who were without direction came to find direction and a new life through the church. Compete on that field and you will be chosen.
WE ARE THE ONE PLACE
whose mission is to bring people
into life-changing relationships with
The people in our pew (or chair) are asking “Why should I choose the church over World Vision or Oxfam or Boy Scouts or the university or the hospital?” We must be prepared on a daily basis to boldly answer the question, and if we cannot easily do it, then we must get busy changing our church.
I am thankful that Resurrection has such stories of personal transformation. We need to discover ways to share these stories with the wider community.
Jesus said, “You shall be my witnesses” Acts 1:8.
Do you have a story that bears witness to Jesus’ power and love
Lord Jesus, thank you for my congregation that bears witness to your grace and mercy.