Episode 63: What Does Extravagant Generosity Look Like for Your City?

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by David Dykes, lead pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. During their conversation they discuss how the church should be known as the most generous organization in the city.

Best Quotes

“We challenge our members to go into the community and do, not random acts of kindness, but intentional acts of kindness in Jesus’ name.”

“Even though we do this every year, people are still just shocked when you do these acts of kindness and don’t want anything in return.”

“We are trying to show the community God’s love and not just be a fortress where Christians come and retreat and have a holy huddle.”

“It costs us about $45,000 to pay off $4.5 million dollars in medical debt.”

“The way we give now has changed. Way more than 50% of our offering comes in online now.”

“Your giving to God is an act of worship.”

David Orlo Dykes grew up in South Alabama where he came to know the Lord as a child and started preaching when he was 17. He is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He received his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His doctoral emphasis was on evangelism and church growth. He received post-doctoral training at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

Dr. Dykes has been preaching since 1970 and pastored churches in Alabama before coming to pastor Green Acres Baptist Church in 1991. He has personally led mission teams to over thirty foreign countries. His passion is training leaders around the world using a healthy church series he has written. He has has published articles in Moody Monthly, Church Administration and Guideposts, and is the author of fourteen books.

Dr. Dykes has served as a trustee for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, East Texas Baptist University, The University of Mobile, Baptist Child and Family Services, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. David enjoys leading educational tours to Israel and has visited the Holy Land over 25 times.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by Lifeway

Church Giving and Stewardship Facebook Group


RIP Medical Debt