“Offer wonderful people fantastic opportunities to invest in the kingdom, if God so leads them. Who can argue with an approach like that?”
What does this look like in practice? Bill Hybels shares an example of a conversation with a member of his church:
Over the lunch table I gave him our vision: “We want to help every church on planet Earth reach its full redemptive potential,” I told him. “We want to see churches led by leaders, taught by teachers, and administrated by administrators. We want to help church leaders establish clear missions and values so they can reach lost people in their communities and guide them toward spiritual maturity. Until our dying breath we want to help the bride of Christ become a force against which the very gates of hell cannot prevail.”
When I finally stopped talking, he was wide-eyed. “That’s huge!” he said. “You bet your life it is,” I answered. “And we need some huge investors to turn this vision into reality. Will you pray and find out if God wants you to help us?”
Perhaps one of the reasons people don't give (more) is how the opportunity is positioned.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it, but very few people get fired up about financing mundane needs. I don’t blame them. If they’re like me, they want to invest their limited funds in a vision far grander than paying utility bills, restocking janitorial supplies, or maintaining the church copy machine. They’re not going to put their annual bonus in the Christmas Eve offering unless they have some assurance that it’s going to make a significant difference in the world. They want to know that their hard-earned money will be used to fund authentic ministry that impacts real people.”
Read more in Courageous Leadership.