During the [IN] initiative, our desire is that each person will move toward trusting and surrendering to Him in all areas of life, including our giving. We will examine our heart attitude toward generosity, and move from seeing our finances, time, and possessions as our own, to seeing them as a tool to further God’s Kindgom.
decides to begin giving for the first time, trusting in God in a new way with this part of life, and trusting church leaders with their gifts.
is someone who decides to give something, and to give it on a consistent basis. This often requires planning, and may be a reason for someone to set up recurring online giving, or to become disciplined about making a monthly gift by writing a check.
asks questions such as, “Why am I giving more to my cell phone bill than I am giving to God? Should I be giving to God more than I give for my mortgage each month?” This giver starts to make their giving an intentional choice that reflects how they feel about generosity in regard to other spending. This may also be the point of intentionality when someone begins to tithe, reflecting that they are being intentional about a certain amount/ percentage that they want to offer to God.
asks, “Am I giving in a way that changes me? Am I giving in a way that causes my lifestyle to be different, to reflect the transformation of Christ in me?” A Sacrificial Giver’s commitment to giving actually governs the rest of his/her life. The Sacrificial Giver has a giving commitment that is “larger than their current living situation” so that they choose to adjust the rest of their expenditures to meet that commitment.
is no longer asking, “God, how much are you asking me to give?” Rather, a Lifetime Giver is asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to keep?” They ask this so that they can live fully for Kingdom purposes. Much like a Sacrificial Giver makes a commitment that will govern his/ her annual decisions, a Lifetime Giver makes a lifetime or longer-term giving commitment that governs financial decisions like homes, cars, investments, and the like.