Have you ever thought about your church giving program? And do you have a goal for your church giving?
To get the most out of your church giving program,
it is critical that you develop an understanding of the people who will be using your gifts. It is easier to give to a program that the people you want to use your gifts with.
Sometimes it may be the family who will use your gifts. Often families will have an income that will help support their monthly household expenses, and there may be children in the household who will also need these gifts. It may be that the family will be a little older and will now have a couple of children of their own. If so, they may be more interested in receiving something specific than they are in receiving an assortment of gifts.
The best way to accomplish this is to create a good example for your family. You can do this by buying them items such as children’s purses and jewelry for adults, and the children can then use these items. You can also offer them tools for some projects, which may be timed or required. You may even want to create an area where the children can work on their craft projects in the kitchen.
Perhaps your church is a place for young adult, or even adult discipleship. In this case, you can often find that they will be much more interested in receiving these gifts. While they will need the tools, they will also need someone to watch their activities and be the designated Christian to provide support.
As you get further along into your church giving, you may wish to turn to your church members to see if there are specific types of people that might want to receive gifts. Perhaps a person wants to serve as a volunteer. Perhaps another would like to take the lead in a ministry of their own. Maybe there are people who would like to gather together for worship or to take part in other activities.
At this point, you may wish to look for specific needs among those who will be benefiting from your gifts. While you may find that the specific needs are met, it may be better to keep them as separate as possible from those gifts that would be geared towards the general public.
On the other hand, when you have determined that there are specific gift needs,
you can take these gifts and give them to those in need in a way that they will be able to use them. For example, if a young adult is looking for some help with their studies, you can consider gifting a Bible study or an internship. These types of gift giving programs can be geared towards someone who is already studying but just needs extra help in achieving the goals.
On the other hand, if your church is a youth group, you can consider donating to that group. When that group has planned activities, which would bring in funds, you can use that as an opportunity to create a ministry program with your church giving.
Once you have decided on who the gifts will be for, you can now work on the actual budget that will go towards each of these groups. In order to receive gifts, you will need to meet a minimum amount of income. You can use that income to cover expenses, but you will also need to plan how much of the actual cost of the gifts will go towards overhead.
In today’s church giving environment, the last thing that many people will do is give the same gift repeatedly, even when they can get the same quality for less money. While giving gifts can be a wonderful and exciting experience, the experience can be one that is less enjoyable for the recipient as well.
- If you feel that the gift you are purchasing is not exactly what your recipients will use.
- That they will not enjoy it, there is no reason to continue to buy those gifts.
- Many times, these people will not even give a second thought to your gift after they receive it.
- The important thing is to put yourself in their shoes and ask the question, “What are my needs?”