Episode 51: Naming Easily Overlooked Generosity Fails

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gunnar Johnson, founder of Learn Generosity. During their conversation, they discuss the most common missteps church leaders unknowingly make when it comes to generosity.

Best Quotes

“The most effective way to preach on money is to sprinkle it in just like Jesus did.”

“Another failure I see is only mentioning generosity around capital campaigns.”

“There is so much we can do for the upcoming generation with current year planned giving.”

“Find a mentor in your church and stick with that one source to help you get going in generosity.”

“When we throw out a panic alert, our people aren’t growing in a full expression of biblical generosity they are just putting out fires.”

“You don’t have to know exactly what an individual person gives, but pull back some of the layers and don’t just look at the top number.”

“In America, there are $50 Billion in unused giftcards, at Generosity by Lifeway we liquidate unusual things like that.”

Before founding Generosity and Stewardship Strategies and co-founding Financial Freedom International, Gunnar Johnson was a local church Pastor and business owner. He had the privilege of serving as an Executive Stewardship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake Texas for 11 years. Prior to Gateway Church, Gunnar served for 2 years as a Stewardship Minister at the The Hills Church in North Richland Hills, Texas. Prior to 13 years of vocational ministry he owned a Drywall business in Florida, and a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning company in Texas while serving on staff with Howard Dayton and Larry Burkett at Crown Financial Ministry.

Gunnar has a passion for teaching Biblical Generosity and Financial Stewardship to individuals, churches, non-profits and businesses. He loves watching how they grow through the power of God’s Word.

You can learn more about Gunnar’s ministry here: www.learngenerosity.com.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by Lifeway

Learn Generosity

Financial Freedom Courses

Christian Stewardship Network

Financial Peace University

Crown Financial

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