Imagine if we were all together on this generosity journey. Imagine what could happen when thousands of believers who call First Baptist Raytown their home join together to spiritually impact our city and our world. Imagine what this generosity journey would do in you. We all have a role in the future of our church!
We are all at different places and we value each person taking the next step up in his or her spiritual journey of generosity as a disciple of Jesus. Where are you now, and where is God calling you?
Steps in the Generosity Journey
LIFETIME – I’ve decided to think of my giving from a long-term, lifetime perspective.
SACRIFICIAL – I’ve decided to sacrifice in other areas of my life to give to God.
TITHING – I’ve decide to make giving an intentional part of my life.
CONSISTENT – I’ve decided to make my giving to First Baptist Raytown consistent.
INITIAL – I’ve decided to give to First Baptist Raytown for the first time.
Each of us embarks on the generosity journey at a different starting point. Here are a few hypothetical situations that may be similar to the one in which you find yourself.
Each example below illustrates how an individual or family can take the next step on the generosity journey, and how the Multiply commitment card could be completed accordingly.
Which of the following giving scenarios fits you best? Use our giving calculator to personalize each scenario to your own financial situation.
Michael is a new believer and has never given before. He is now starting several spiritual disciplines, including generosity. It’s a huge step of faith, but Michael plans to commit 5% of his $50,000 income ($2,500) each year, plus $500 from his savings, for a total two-year contribution of $5,500 to the Multiply initiative.
Jennifer has recently witnessed radical changes in people’s lives through the ministry of the church. So far, she has been giving casually, if she has extra cash on hand during offering time. However, she now feels led to become more consistent in her giving. Her plan is to increase her usual annual giving of $500 by $1,250, bringing her to $1,750 a year, or 5% of her $35,000 income. With the addition of $500 from a vacation savings fund, in two years she will have given $4,000 to the Multiply initiative.
Paul and Rebecca have given consistently to the church at a steady 5%. With a combined income of $120,000, they contribute $6,000 each year. Multiply, however, has prompted them to tithe a full 10%. It will require some lifestyle adjustments to give $12,000 a year, but they know it’s what God is calling them to do. Also, they’ve been saving for a boat but have decided to give the $2,000 in that account as well. They are now planning to give $26,000 to the church over the next two years.
Anthony developed the discipline of tithing years ago and has seen God’s provision again and again. He feels blessed to be at a church that shares his passion for discipleship and helping those in need. Anthony will increase his giving percentage from 10% to 12% of his annual income of $70,000, or $8,400 a year. Over two years, with the addition of $2,000 from the sale of a motorcycle, he looks forward to giving $18,800 to the Multiply initiative.
Judith loves to give of her time, talents, and resources. She has given 15% of her $90,000 income ($13,500) to the church in recent years, but is inspired to increase the annual amount to $15,000. A company she invested in years ago is no longer of interest to her, so she is arranging to transfer those shares to the church. Judith can’t wait to give $40,000 to the Multiply initiative!