Podcast Episode 20: Why Holistic Generosity Matters to Church, Patrick Johnson

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Patrick Johnson, the director of Generous Church. During their conversation, they discuss how the Overflow resource fits into a larger discipleship strategy.

Best Quotes

“The difference in this study is that it is framed around stories of generous givers from all walks of life.”

“We came up with 16 characteristics of whole life generosity in the life of Jesus.”

“There are other people who have different expressions of generosity, and we call those currencies of generosity.”

“When I wake up in the morning and my feet hit the floor, how can I be a generous blessing to those around me today?”

“We want to be compassionate and hospitable and forgiving and intentional with the poor and needy.”

“People change when they see a better story.”

“Generosity is more than an act, it’s a way of living.”

“We’ve confused this biblical generosity with fundraising today.”

“When we put God first in our giving, that’s acknowledging that God owns it all.”

“You can’t do a generosity series every three years and expect to win against culture.”

Patrick Johnson, President and Chief Architect Patrick is the founder of GenerousChurch and has a passion to see a revolution of whole-life generosity flourish in churches. Over the last 15 years, he’s partnered with Leadership Network, the Wesleyan Denomination, Converge and other church networks to equip leaders to unleash generous disciples. Leveraging the power of Scripture and story, the products and experiences that he’s created have been used by over 2,000 churches to transform the hearts and minds of Jesus-followers toward generosity as a way of living versus an act of giving.   Currently, Patrick directs the vision of GenerousChurch and lives in Prairie Village, KS with his wife, Jennifer, and their children.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by Lifeway (https://lifewaygenerosity.com)

Generous Church (https://www.generouschurch.com)

Overflow Small Group Study (https://www.generouschurch.com/overflow)

Whole Life Generosity Devotional (https://www.generouschurch.com/devotional)