Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church

Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church

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Overview

Turn First-Time Givers into Generous Stewards

Maximize
is the ultimate how-to book for pastors and church leaders who long for their churches to be fully resourced and able to carry out ministry initiatives without financial strain. Shining a light on the often taboo subject of money, Maximize offers an innovative, step-by-step plan for systemizing and maximizing financial gifts while growing strong disciples. You'll learn how to

cultivate first-time givers
challenge people to tithe
develop an ongoing stewardship system
follow up with givers the right way
develop multiple giving options
shepherd the five types of givers in your church
educate people to grow in the grace of giving

Stewardship is an essential part of discipleship. This revolutionary, biblically based guide will chase the money discussion out of the darkness and bring it the attention it deserves.

"I will read anything I can get my big hands on if Nelson Searcy's name is on it. He is one of the most practical writers I've read on any topic relating to the church. Maximize is must reading for all pastors."--Aubrey Malphurs, founder, the Malphurs Group; professor of pastoral ministries, Dallas Seminary

"Nelson is one of the most strategically minded leaders on the planet. I love how he uses his gift to share with other church leaders the steps we can take to make sure our churches are healthy."--Perry Noble, pastor, NewSpring Church

"So many 'good' churches could become 'great' churches with more financial resources to equip them to do what God is leading them to do. Read Maximize immediately--and tell every pastor you know to buy this book!"--Philip Wagner, lead pastor, Oasis Church, Los Angeles, CA

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church of the City with locations in New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, and Boca Raton, Florida. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com. He and his church appear routinely on lists such as the 50 Most Influential Churches and the 25 Most Innovative Leaders. Nelson lives in New York City.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441213198
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Nelson Searcy served as the director of The Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church before starting The Journey Church of the City in New York City in 2002. He and his 1,200-member church appear routinely on lists such as The 50 Most Influential Churches and The 25 Most Innovative Leaders. His newsletter for pastors and church leaders, Church Leader Insights, now reaches more than 40,000 subscribers and continues to grow by hundreds each month. Searcy lives in New York City.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Preface 13

Introduction 15

Part 1 Stewardship: Becoming a Fulloy Developing Follower of Jesus

1 Shining the Light: Illuminating a Taboo Subject 25

2 The Heart of Stewardship: Introducing the Maximize System 37

3 Creating a Culture of Generosity: "Give, and You Will Receive" 49

Part 2 Initial Givers: Raising Up New Givers

4 Cultivating First-Time Gifts: Practical Ways to Help People Cross the Threshold 61

5 Easy Does It: Eliminating Unnecessary Barriers to Giving 75

6 Revolutionary Gratitude: A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way 87

Part 3 Systematic Givers: Teaching People to Give When They Are Paid

7 Options Are Not Optional: Providing Various Ways for People to Give 103

8 From First-Time Givers to Regular Givers: Helping People Take the Step 119

9 Money Matters: Financial Management and Quarterly Giving Statements 137

Part 4 Tithers: Challenging People to Become Proportional Givers

10 The Full Tithe: Obedience-Level Giving 157

11 The Giving Challenge: A Revolutionary Tool 169

Part 5 Extravagant Givers: Spurring People to Live like Jesus

12 Extravagant Giving: Learning to Live like Jesus 189

13 Getting Started: First Steps toward Becoming a Fully Resourced Church 205

A Final Note from Nelson 213

Notes 215

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