Touché March 24, 2017
Posted on March 24, 2017 by under Touché,


Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity II

“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Shurawl, Mason, Michelle, Wesley, Cyndy and I will not be joining the generous walkers raising money for clean water around the world.  As many will be walking around the Hopewell Rec, we will be in New Paltz, working through teaching on congregational generosity.  Hopewell is a generous place.  We raise much money for mission and we see great giving for all areas of ministry through HRC.  Thank you.

Some of the work we will do tomorrow is to look at our “giving pyramid.”  Without names attached to figures, we will look at the structure of our giving and how that lines up with other churches around the country.  I thought you might like to see the figures that we have uncovered for how our giving is structured.  These are numbers that Wesley Joseph crunched.

We receive 52% of our gifts from the top 10% of givers, vs. 65.7% in a typical congregation. The mean gift from these 31 families is $10,400 a year.

We receive 32% of our gifts from the next 20% of givers, vs. 35.5% in a typical congregation.The mean gift from these 63 families is $3,200 a year.

We receive 16% of our gifts from the next 70% of givers, vs. 9.8% in a typical congregation. The mean gift from these 219 families is $465 a year.

That means that our giving is more broadly based than the typical congregation, a good thing! The mean giving for all of our givers is about $2,000 a year.

As we look at generosity our goal is not more money, but creating generous people.  We are seeking ways that we can develop a “serving pyramid” reflecting numbers of the ways people are generous with their time and their talents.  The people who will be walking reflect the heart of Hopewell that combines our money with our mission. The work of the crew in New Paltz will reflect the ways that we continue to grow in grace of generosity.


Thank you for all the ways you give,