It’s not just

   Giving Generously

It’s Living generously

 
 

Instead of just focusing on money, the stewardship

program Committed to Christ emphasizes generosity as

an overall way of daily living for followers of Christ.


Committed to Christ

Six Steps to a Generous Life

Bob Crossman


This six-week stewardship program presents giving as a lifelong journey in Christian discipleship. After an introductory Sunday stressing the importance of commitment to Christ, the next six weeks are spent exploring six steps to a generous life: Prayer,

Bible Reading, Worship, Witness, Financial Giving, and Service.

With each step, through worship, sermons, and small group activities, the congregation is asked to assess prayerfully their own level of commitment and to consider increasing that commitment by one step. Equal emphasis is placed on each

of the six steps, clearly communicating that this program is not simply about money, but rather cultivating a thankful heart that will lead us to giving more than we can ever imagine.


 
Instead of just focusing on money, the stewardship
program 
Committed to Christ emphasizes generosity as an overall way of daily living for followers of Christ.

Committed to Christ

The Birth of a Program

A dozen years ago I became the pastor of a new church. After we had grown to 450 in worship, all of us wanted the church to step up to the next level. That was the birth of Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life.

Over the next few months I designed a strategy to invite my church and others to begin a journey of faith. The result was a six-week stewardship program that in truth is a comprehensive discipleship program.

Committed to Christ presents giving as a lifelong journey, beginning with the all important decision to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Following that decision, within the program commitments are made, week by week, in six specific areas:

• Prayer

• Bible Reading

• Worship

• Service

• Financial Giving

• Witness

Each week’s emphasis is explored in worship, sermons, and small groups. With each step, church members joyfully commit to growth, improvement, and new goals.

When we implemented the program in my church, within a year the number of pledging households increased by 17%, the amount pledged increased 58%, and the actual offering receipts grew by 64%.

More importantly, the congregation embraced the spirit of the program, accepting the challenge of accomplishing all six steps. The vitality of the church surged forward as commitments were made, and kept.

If your church adopts the program, your members will no longer say, “The only time the church thinks of me is when they want money.” Instead, they can truthfully say, “My church expects a lot.”

—Rev. Bob Crossman