In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Patrick Johnson, the director of Generous Church. During their conversation, they discuss statistical trends from generous churches.
“We get called in if they want to grow generosity apart from fundraising.”
“There’s a growing trend among churches who are getting serious about discipleship and are looking for a way to disciple people in generosity within an affluent western context.”
“If you are truly trying to grow people to be disciples and true followers of Jesus this is a topic you can’t leave off the table.”
“We can’t be true followers of Jesus if we don’t get this right.”
“Only 10 to 20 percent of people live in the good soil of generosity.”
“In most churches, 80 percent of people say they have a fully integrated faith or a growing faith, but when we compare that to what they practice and what Jesus says about generosity there is a huge gap.”
“I see a correlation between a church’s gospel focus and the generosity health of the congregation.”
“Those motivated by the gospel give significantly higher percentages of income than the other motivations.”
“We don’t fully grasp how enslavement of surplus has captured those we shepherd.”
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.
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