Familiar Phrases about Generosity in the Church

“Preacher, you just preach the gospel, and we will take care of the money.”

Folks ignore the fact that Jesus said a great deal about money and possessions in the gospels.

“I have been a faithful contributor to this church for fifty years.”

I have given $5 per week every week for fifty years.

“If we faithfully witness and serve, the money will follow.”

Every study shows that unless worshippers are educated about generosity, they will not give.

“Everyone is giving as much as he/she can give to the church.”

The average United Methodist gives between 1.4 and 1.7% of his/her income to the church. In many congregations up to one-half of members give nothing.

What are some of the phrases you keep hearing that prevent the development of the spiritual discipline of generosity?