Your Giving Journey
An Initial Giver is someone who decides to give a gift 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 the leaders of the Church with this gift.
A Consistent Giver is someone who decides to give something and to give it on a consistent basis to exercise the discipline of giving. Often, someone who decides to make their gift an online recurring gift will be someone who is learning the behavior of consistency. Non-online givers can be consistent givers as well of course; it just requires more discipline.
An Intentional Giver is someone who is beginning to think about their giving in relation to other things on which they spend their money. So for example, this type of giver begins asking the question, “Why am I giving more to my cell phone company than I am giving to God? Should I be giving to God more than I give for my mortgage each month?” This giver starts to make their giving an intentional choice that reflects how they prioritize it in relation to other things on which they spend their money.
A Surrendered Giver is someone who recognizes the power of the gospel and is surrendered to honoring God with 100% of their resources as a result. A Surrendered Giver is someone who gives in a way that changes them, in a way that reflects that their giving is governing their spending/saving rather than their spending/saving governing their giving. A Surrendered Giver isn’t just concerned with what they ARE giving but is more concerned with what they’re NOT giving and why. They seek to honor God with 100% of what He has given them, whether that means direct monetary giving or a God-honoring use of an existing resource.
An Eternal Giver is someone who is thinking about the longer impact of generosity rather than just the shorter term of month-to-month generosity or even year-to-year. An Eternal Giver makes decisions in the short term that have longer-term effects as it relates to their generosity capacity. They think of what home they buy, what car they purchase, how much savings they choose to keep, all in relation to their generosity capacity. An Eternal Giver is driven by the things of eternity, putting their hope in God and not in the things of this earth.