Giving is a journey that everyone is on. Whether you don’t give at all, give a little or give a lot, it is a process of trusting God. Every WE CAN’T giving story will be unique. No matter how much you give, our prayer is that God will meet you on this journey so you can see your faith grow in new ways.
Though the stories below are hypothetical, the situations are likely familiar. Let this serve as a snapshot of what each giving commitment may look like and how every person, no matter the starting point, can take their next step to help our church do something WE CAN’T do without God.
Going from nothing to something is a huge step, but it is transformational. God will start moving and you’ll be excited in ways you’ve never been before as you watch God work in your life and the lives of others. And you’ll grow spiritually as a result.
EXAMPLE: Michael is a new believer. He has been growing in several spiritual disciplines, including giving. It is a huge step of faith, but Michael plans on committing 5% of his $50,000 annual income – $2,500 –during WE CAN’T.
You’ve developed the discipline of tithing and have seen God’s provision again and again. You are ready for a next step in this area; you want to give, beyond duty to generosity.
EXAMPLE: Carlos developed the discipline of giving years ago and has seen God’s provision again and again. He is blessed to be at a church that shares his passion for outreach and helping those in need. Carlos’ annual salary is $70,000 and he is committing to give 10% percent generously from the heart.
This is for those already generously giving beyond the tithe. You’ve experienced the fulfillment of God’s promises and provisions. You’re ready to take your next step into obedient generosity. For some, this could be taking a look into stored resources, savings, stock, etc. But it is still a challenge and will require faith.
EXAMPLE: Judith loves to give of her time, talents and resources. She has given 15% of her $100,000 annual income ($15,000) to the church in recent years, but is inspired to increase the annual amount to $20,000. A company she invested in years ago is no longer of interest to her, so she is selling her shares and giving the proceeds to the church, yielding an incredible gift of $40,000 to WE CAN’T.
You took a big step of faith last year and made a We Can’t commitment in November of 2015. You prayerfully chose an amount that has challenged you to trust God in new ways. By the end of 2017, you are going to fulfill your two-year We Can’t commitment.
EXAMPLE: George and his family committed on Commitment Sunday in November 2015 to give 10% of their $35,000 income. They have seen God continue to provide and are excited to fulfill their commitment of what they made.
You made a commitment to We Can’t last year in November and trusted God in a new way. God provided in unbelievable ways and you feel challenged to give more.
EXAMPLE: Jane made a commitment to give 10% of her annual income of $60,000. She experienced huge blessing by trusting God not only in her finances, but also in her life. She made great friendships in a new small group and got a large promotion at work. She decided to increase her giving to reflect her new salary of $70,000.