Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church

Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church


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Maximize is the ultimate how-to book for pastors and church leaders who long for their churches to be fully resourced to carry out ministry initiatives without financial strain. Pastor Nelson Searcy provides an innovative, step-by-step plan for turning first-time givers into extravagant stewards of God's resources. Shining a light on the often taboo subject of money, Maximize will explore what causes someone to give for the first time and what leaders can do to systemize and maximize these gifts while growing strong disciples. Readers will learn how to

-cultivate first-time givers
-motivate 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 the church
-educate people to grow in the grace of giving

Stewardship is an essential part of discipleship. This revolutionary yet biblically based guide will chase the money discussion out of the darkness and bring it the attention it deserves. Every pastor needs a copy of Maximize!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801072185
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of and the Renegade Pastors Network.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a writer, wife, and mom to two young girls. She has coauthored several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. Previously, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Preface 13

Introduction 15

Part 1 Stewardship: Becoming a Fully 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 Lone Way 89

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

7 Options Are Not Optional: Providing Various Ways for People to Give 105

8 From First-Time Givers to Regular Givers: Helping People Take the Step 125

9 Money Matters: Financial Management and Quarterly Giving Statements 147

Part 4 Tithers: Challenging People to Become Proportional Givers

10 The Full Tithe: Obedience-Level Giving 167

11 The Giving Challenge: A Revolutionary Tool 181

Part 5 Extravagant Givers: Spurring People to Live like Jesus

12 Extravagant Giving: Learning to Live like Jesus 201

13 Getting Started: First Steps toward Becoming a Fully Resourced Church 217

Afterword 225

Notes 227

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