Stuff. And more stuff. And even more stuff. The next thing you know, we’re pulled into the orbit of materialism! In Defying Gravity, Tom Berlin takes a look at the difference between “want” and “need” and illustrates how possessions can create an unbearable weight on our lives. He shows us how too much stuff affects our ability to serve and thrive, and then he helps us explore what is required to sustain a vibrant life. Perfect for a four-week stewardship campaign and small-group study, Defying Gravity features the book, a Leader Guide with multiple format options; a DVD with videos for pastor mentoring and worship; a Program Flash Drive or download with campaign guide, handouts, and tools; and a Pastor Guide, The Generous Church. Break free from the culture of “more” and help your congregation become, instead, a church of generosity.
The Generous Church helps the pastor and leadership team think strategically about financial planning and giving beyond the annual campaign vision. Tom Berlin believes and teaches that the church, in order to inspire generosity in individuals, needs to be seen and understood as generous. People will embrace giving if they see the ways their gifts are used in the community and the world. Generous church… generous people.
Sermon helps and fresh illustrations will be included, broken down into four segments:
- Think About It – How do I think through the key aspects of our church’s financial reality and plan?
- Communicate It – How do we tell our story so the whole congregation shares a vision who we are, what we do, and what changes we can make in the world with our people and resources.
- Plan It – What’s the short-term campaign plan, the annual plan, and our long-term plan for the financial and spiritual life of our congregation?
- Manage It - How do we set up processes, reports, goals, and metrics to stay true to our plan?