Daily Archives: March 30, 2012
This June Zondervan will be publishing Contagious Generosity: Creating a Culture of Giving in Your Church. The issue of money and giving is (obviously) not an easy one to talk about in churches. It’s easy to make a mistake and put congregants on the defensive when you’re talking about money the church needs. It’s also challenging to present solid biblical teaching on generosity without seeming like you’re using the Bible to goad people into giving more money.
For lack of the a better term the whole thing becomes a real “sticky wicket” for pastors and church leaders.
Enter Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard. These two have spent years working with churches and ministries on how to inspire generosity – how to really create a culture of generosity – in a way that honors God and reflects his generous nature. I’ll let the authors speak for themselves in the following video and I’ve posted some endorsements below as well.
“In Contagious Generosity, Jim Sheppard and Chris Willard want to show you a better way to approaching giving: God’s way.” - Dave Ramsey
“Generosity is a mark of a healthy church and this book will help you and your church get healthy.” - Darrin Patrick, lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, and author of For the City
“For years I have been passionate about helping Christians understand what God has to say about money and generosity. The generosity conversation is crucial to discipleship and to funding the mission of the church. All too often, the church avoids the topic and pays a big price for it. I am grateful to Chris and Jim for taking the topic head-on with practical advice based on their hands-on experience with so many churches!” - Howard Dayton, founder, Compass—finances God’s way