Five Causes of Generosity Coaching Session 2: Impact

This is the second of five coaching sessions on Five Causes of Generosity.  If you missed the first, you can read it on the blog here.   Enter your email address on the right to subscribe to my blog and avoid missing any more sessions.  As with any coaching session, there are some basic guiding principles.

1)  The coach will ask probing questions
2)  The one being coached will reflect on the questions/instructions given by the coach
3)  The one being coached, with the help of the coach, will create action items to achieve personal growth.

Coaching works only if the above occur.  Are you ready?  Let’s go.  Our overarching objective during this coaching series is to help you foster new energy and progress in your stewardship ministry.  The desired outcome is not only for people to give more to your church community; but to equip them to develop in their personal stewardship.  Giving and stewardship are two different discussions.  To focus on developing stewards is to focus on helping people grow in the practices of generosity, as well as gratitude, prayer, simplicity, contentment, and living a less consumptive lifestyle.

The second cause of generosity is Impact.

The impact your church community has had caring for one another and the poor, as well as for the mission of making disciples.

People, of all generations, now more than ever, want to invest their resources with organizations/communities that are having an impact in the world.  But how will potential givers know these stories unless organizations learn how to be really good storytellers?  Some organizations are effective at telling amazing stories of how dollars given have converted to transformed lives.  How about you and your church community?  How well are you telling your story of impact?  Surely you are making a difference in at least one person’s life—and I would guess at lot more than that.  Since you are having impact through your ministries, it is time to share this information with congregants.  I promise you they will read this information simply because they want to read it.  They are hungry to hear how their giving is making the good works of the kingdom possible.

Questions:

What year was your church community launched?  How much of your church’s history can you recite now if I asked you to?

Do some research with a few others in the church.  Take a large white poster board and on the left side write your founding date.  On the far right side of the poster, write 2014.  Now draw a straight line to connect these two years.  Next, using the line to represent your church’s timeline, I want you to reflect on these questions: What are some key milestones in the life of your church community?  One milestone might be the recent growth in youth ministry, another might be an increase in outreach ministry partners over the last five years, or perhaps the total number of baptisms in the last ten years.  Another good question I would like you to think about is this:  What significant challenge has your community weathered in the last decade?  It might be you eliminated debt, or that you added new ministries to your service.  You get the idea.  This timeline will reveal your community’s narrative and impact.

Change happens through people, because of people who think, pray, and take action.  People are wondering and waiting to hear how God is working through the time, talent, and treasure of this community.  Take action.  Go and tell them.  Share what you learned from the timeline.

Questions:

How soon can you share this narrative with your staff?  Church leaders?

Does your church have a communications task force/committee?  If not, create this team and share this storyline with them and task them with creating a strategic plan to share these “stories of impact” with the congregation in 2015.

As we conclude our second coaching session, here are your guiding principles for becoming a better storyteller and for creating your initial action steps:

  • Leaders need to know the stories of their communities.
  • Don’t tell the story alone. Create a small team of people to tell the stories of impact through printed materials, social media, during Sunday announcements, a special event, etc…
  • Tell the story more than once. Get in the habit of sharing new stories of impact with your congregation, year after year.

I look forward to session 3 tomorrow.  We will be discussing “community” and how it causes generosity.  If you have found this session beneficial, please share it with others you think could benefit from the coaching.  And don’t forget to subscribe on the right.

Grace and peace.

Sean

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