Our primary goal with Unfinished is that 100% of people at Pathway would engage in this initiative to experience a life-changing encounter with God.
5 Next Steps in a Life of Generosity
These stages focus on behaviors and attitudes of our hearts—our discipleship—rather than on amounts or percentages. Each step represents growth in a lifestyle of generosity and sacrifice. that transforms us into the likeness of Christ, who gave up everything.
An Initial Giver is someone who decides to give for the first time out of a response to God’s Word about giving. They decide to give and trust God and the leaders of the Church with this gift.
A Consistent Giver is someone who commits to give something on a regular basis. Consistent Givers start to think of their giving in the same way they think about other budget expenses that are always paid, regardless of seasons of plenty or want. They often set up an online recurring gift to help.
Intentional Givers think about giving in relation to other things they spend their money on—“Why do I give Cox or AT&T more money than I give to God?” They consider a percentage or amount they want to commit to in order to consciously grow in their generosity. Intentional Givers look at their budget and consider how their giving reflects their view of God and commitment to His Kingdom. This may also be the point when someone begins to tithe, which is being intentional about a certain amount or percentage that they want to give to God.
A Surrendered Giver is someone who recognizes the cost that Christ paid on the cross for us and is surrendered to honoring God with 100% of their resources as a result. A Surrendered Giver is someone who gives in a way that changes them—in a way that reflects that their giving is governing their spending/saving rather than their spending/saving governing their giving. A Surrendered Giver isn’t just concerned with what they ARE giving, but is more concerned with what they’re NOT giving and why. They seek to honor God with 100% percent of what He has given them. That could mean direct monetary giving or a God-honoring use of an existing resource like a home or a vehicle.
A Lifetime Giver is someone who is thinking about the longer legacy of generosity rather than just the shorter term of month-to-month generosity, or even year-to-year. A Lifetime Giver makes decisions in the short term that have long term effects as they relate to their generosity capacity. They think of what home they buy, what car they purchase, or how much savings they choose to keep, all in relation to their generosity capacity. A Lifetime Giver might have a lifetime giving goal that will govern their larger-ticket decisions like homes, cars, investments, and the like.
“I am very much unfinished. but I have a sense of my identity And I know that I am a daughter of God.”