Many pastors are so busy with preparing for the message that they overlook one of the most powerful moments of the service: the offering time.
Churches can use 60 to 180 seconds to encourage people in their giving. We call this a “Giving Script” moment. Done well, these moments can have a huge impact on growing generosity in your church.
Here are four reasons why you should think carefully about what you’re going say during the offering moment.
#1 – Winging it doesn’t work here
Many churches ask their worship leader to say, “We’re going to take up the offering now. Thanks for giving. Let’s continue to worship.” Others have asked a person (elder/committee leader/member) who is terrified of public speaking to share. Their fear causes them to forget what they meant to say. It results in an unplanned and awkward giving moment.
Maybe there are some places and times where planning isn’t very important, but the offering moment isn’t one of them! This is why it is important to script out the giving moment. We call it a “Giving Script”.
The offering time is part of our worship! It should be a spiritual moment that deserves focused attention. It is an intimate moment we must treat as important or no one else will. Your posture toward the giving moment will be a model for your congregation. If you’re winging it, you may leave the impression that the offering is unimportant.
By planning out the giving moment, you honor the sacred connection that giving has to the heart of God. Your church will respond positively as a result.
#2 – An intentional offering setup builds trust
Giving moments are a great time to build trust with your congregation. For some people, the only time they hear about giving is at the annual business meeting. And many people do not attend the business meeting! Because of this, many people do not have a clear understanding of how their giving dollar is being utilized.
A well-planned giving moment can build trust with your congregation.
Being able to say, “Because you gave, we were able to ….” is an action statement. It establishes trust because you are sharing an “inside look” into the ministry. They become insiders to the vision, and this really builds tremendous trust.
Consider this: you don’t tell everyone you meet on the street what’s happening in your life, you only tell your close friends (insiders). Why? Because you trust them! Tell your insiders (your congregation) what’s happening at the church, and it will grow their trust in you and church leadership.
#3 – Teaching Moment
A few well-planned minutes spent during the offering could be as powerful as the entire message later. You have 52 times a year to share a giving moment. This is 52 times to share life-change stories. It is 52 times to share specific Bible verses and encourage people in their giving – and challenge others to begin giving.
Don’t waste the 2-3 minutes you have giving an offering. It could be utilized as a powerful teaching moment!
Be sure to be personal. Share what the Lord is teaching you in your own journey of generosity. If you’re offering moment is the same each and every week, it will blend into the woodwork.Make each giving moment unique. You wouldn’t preach the same message every weekend for 52 weeks, would you? Why would we do that with the worshipful moment of giving – the very thing that ensures our ministry is fully funded?
#4 – Develop Young Leaders
Use the giving moment in your church to train and develop young leaders in your church. Is there a talented high school student who attends your church? Let them deliver a giving moment. As they share how the Lord has impacted them through your church, they can share their gratitude for those who give and make the ministry possible! They will inspire and encourage your congregation. Do you have a key volunteer with the gift of speaking? Give them an opportunity to share during a giving moment!
Planned giving talks allow you to develop a systematic schedule allowing you to consistently develop young leaders in your ministry.
Providing these short moments for young leaders allows you to develop and disciple them.
Most pastors don’t have time to develop giving scripts each and every week.
That’s why Fully Funded members receive pre-written giving scripts each and every week. It allows the pastor to know that each giving moment will be special, unique, and provide a worshipful giving moment.
Let us help you get started: CLICK HERE to download four giving scripts to get you started.
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