How Much Should I/We Give?

How Much Should I/We Give?

“Make all you can, save all you can and give all you can.”
— John Wesley

The challenge is for every person/household related to Journey Church to participate in this campaign through a vision, prayer and community process with God and each other. We are asking you to consider making a generous, sacrificial faith commitment above your present giving for a three-year period.

Sacrifice means we allow our giving to affect our lifestyle…to change our plans for the next three years, so that we can give. This requires an act of faith in God and His provision.

Some, in order to experience what real faith and sacrifice mean, will need to make some very large dollar commitments. For others, a few dollars will be a big sacrifice and step of faith in God’s future provision. Only you can decide what sacrifice means to you.

This is about equal sacrifice, not equal amounts. We do not all have the same resources so, it is not reasonable to think in terms of equal gifts. But in one area we are all equal, and that is in our ability to surrender and sacrifice.

How to decide how much to give

The decision of “How much should I commit to the All In campaign?” is a personal one. No one can make that decision for you. As you approach this decision, we encourage you to:

jim preaching for websiteReach out to God
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance as you make your commitment decision.
Read and pray through the All In 21-Day Devotional.

Evaluate your resources
Truly consider everything God has put under your stewardship.

Nail down the specifics
Determine specifically how your resources can be used to compile a generous contribution.

Get creative
Consider “out-of-the-box” ways you can increase your contribution (see below.)

Walk by faith
Determine your best sacrificial commitment and trust God to help you successfully fulfill it.

Creative ways to give:

For Households

  • box 1 for how much giving website pageSwitch from brand name products to generic, and give the difference to All In.
  • Donate your tax refunds.
  • Sell your used clothing at a consignment shop or yard sale.
  • Put off buying a new car or home. Make the “payments” to All In instead.
  • Take a less expensive vacation, and donate what you might have spent.
  • Delay remodeling projects, and contribute what you would have spent.
  • Make one extra house payment each year – to All In.
  • Sell an asset you no longer need or use, such as an RV, ATV, boat, car, motorcycle or snowmobile, real estate, jewelry, collectibles, etc., and donate the proceeds to All In.
  • Transfer appreciated stock, mutual funds, CD, IRA, etc. to Journey for All In.
  • Donate raises, bonuses, overtime or other income increases.
  • Reduce the cost of a recurring expense, such as cable, satellite tv or cell phones, and give the savings.

For Children and Youth

  • Start a household change jar. Collect the change and give the proceeds.
  • Sell baked goods or crafts.
  • Have a lemonade stand.
  • box 2 for how much giving website pageWash the dogs in the neighborhood.
  • Babysit and donate the proceeds.
  • Mow lawns or do yard work.
  • Shovel snow.
  • Put up Christmas lights.

Make Healthy Changes and Donate the Savings

  • Brew your own coffee instead of buying a fancy drink.
  • Take your lunch to work or school.
  • Reduce the frequency of dining out.
  • Drink water instead of soft drinks at restaurants.
  • Give up an unhealthy habit like smoking, drinking soft drinks or eating junk food or sweets.

If you’re not already giving, or you’re not sure you can

Here is a simple way to make a faith commitment and give God the opportunity to provide. Begin the first month by giving $5. (That’s right, just $5). Pray and ask God to provide for you. Each month, add an additional $5 to your giving. So, the second month you give $10, the third month you give $15, and so on. Keep praying and asking God to provide each month, and as He does your faith will increase. If you’ll do this for the three-year All In campaign period, you will give $3,330 to help people find and follow Christ!

A small amount, given consistently, adds up

The following chart shows how much you could give over the course of the All In campaign, assuming an initial 20% First Fruit Offering, and depending on whether you give weekly or monthly during the campaign.

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For your convenience, you can download a Giving Worksheet.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly
or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

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