5 NEXT STEPS IN A LIFE OF GENEROSITY
1. INITIAL GIVER
An Initial Giver is someone who decides to give for the first time, out of a response to God’s Word about giving. This is someone who decides to give something and trust God and their leaders with this gift.
2. CONSISTENT GIVER
A Consistent Giver is someone who commits to give something on a regular basis. Consistent Givers start to think of their giving in the same way they think about other budget expenses that are always paid, regardless of seasons of plenty or want. This is someone who begins to set up a plan to give (recurring online gifts, etc.).
3. INTENTIONAL GIVER
Intentional Givers give thought about their giving in relation to other things they spend their money on. (For example: “Why do I give the cable company or my cell provider more money than I give to God?”) Intentional Givers look at their budget and consider how their giving reflects their view of God and His Kingdom so they might grow in generosity. This may be the point when someone begins to be intentional about a certain amount or percentage that they want to give to God.
4. SURRENDERED GIVER
A Surrendered Giver is someone who is surrendered to honoring God with all of their resources and is obedient to the Spirit’s direction in how to give. A Surrendered Giver gives in a way that changes them. They seek to honor God with 100% of what He has given them, whether monetary or the God- honoring use of an existing resource like a home or a vehicle.
5. LIFETIME GIVER
A Lifetime Giver is someone who thinks about the long-term effects of generosity rather than month-to-month, or even year-to-year, generosity. A Lifetime Giver makes decisions in the short-term that have longer-term effects as it relates to their generosity capacity. Much like a Surrendered Giver makes a commitment that will govern his/her monthly and annual decisions, a Lifetime Giver makes a lifetime or longer-term giving commitment that often governs his/her financial decisions.