The Generosity Ladder

The Generosity Ladder is a tool designed to help a person move from money being their god to money being a tool for God’s kingdom.  The Generosity Ladder focuses on behaviors and attitudes of our hearts rather than amounts or percentages, further transforming us into the likeness of Christ.

Each rung of the ladder represents growth in a lifestyle of generosity and sacrifice.  These are not rungs you slowly ascend to get to God, but simply a way to evaluate your growth in generosity.  Scripture encourages us to grow in every facet of our walk with Christ, including the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7).  See which rung of the ladder you most identify with, and then by faith, take that next step on your personal journey of generosity.

The Initial Giver:

Who:  Someone who has not yet given to St. Paul UMC, but will now begin giving by taking that first step.

How:  To become an initial giver, take that first step by pledging regularly to St. Paul UMC.

The Consistent Giver:

Who:  A regular giver, making recurrent offerings online or in-person.  The consistent giver starts to think of their giving in the same way they would about other expenses in their budget that are paid regardless of seasons of feast or famine.  To provide clarity, this person is someone who makes 6 or more gifts a year to St. Paul UMC. 

How:  To become a consistent giver, consider:

- Setting up a recurring gift through The City, or Auto Bill pay from your bank.

- Budgeting specifically for giving in the same way you would other monthly expenses.

- Proactively scheduling when you are going to give on your calendar.   

The Intentional Giver:

Who:  Someone who thinks about their giving in relation to other things they spend their money on.  This person considers a percentage or amount that they’ve wanting to consciously grow in their generosity.  An intentional giver looks at their budget and considers how their giving reflects their view of God and commitment to build His Kingdom through St. Paul UMC.

How:  To become an intentional giver, consider:

- Giving in relation to your other monthly financial commitments (such as your cell phone, mortgage/rent, insurance, etc.), and determine an intentional step to grow the priority of your giving.

- Choosing a percentage that would represent a new level of giving for you, potentially a tithe (Malachi 3:10).

The Sacrificial Giver: 

Who:  Someone who is no longer thinking, “What am I supposed to give?”, but rather “what am I not giving and why?”  This person is less concerned about the 10 or 15% and more concerned about the 90 or 85%.  A sacrificial giver decides to make changes that cost them something else in their lifestyle. 

How:  To become a sacrificial giver, consider:

- Looking at the dollars you are not giving and prayerfully consider if God is asking you to release a portion of those    over to Him.

- Evaluating if your giving is really costing you something, or has giving simply become comfortable or routine (2 Samuel 24:24).

- Determining if there are resources God has blessed you with in the past (savings, stock, retirement, etc.) that God is asking you to release as sacrifice to Him.

The Legacy Giver:

Who:  Someone who thinking past this year and moving toward long-term impact for their local church, their family and eternity.  A legacy giver makes decisions in the short that have longer-term effects on their giving capacity.  Legacy givers consider the impact that every personal asset has on their ability to be generous.  This person s no longer asking the question:  “God, how much are you asking me to give?”, Instead, this person is asking “God, how much are you asking me to keep?” 

How:  To become a legacy giver consider:

- Putting a cap on spending and saying every additional dollar goes toward kingdom giving.

- Setting a lifetime generosity goal (a specific number) for your family’s giving over the course of your life.

- Engaging in estate planning (or revise your current plan) to accurately reflect your kingdom giving priorities.

- Leveraging your own journey of generosity to encourage and inspire kingdom generosity in the next generation (Proverbs 13:22).