I have a wonderful testimonial today on how a pastor challenged his church to step up in the area of stewardship – and the results that followed. Gregg Matte, senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, used the principles from my book, Maximize, to make an impact on his church’s giving. He recently shared this at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.
Dave Clippard, IMB associate vice president of development, introduced Gregg Matte at the luncheon.
“[Recently Matte] challenged the church to step up in their commitment to reach the world in missions giving,” Clippard said. “They were praying for $15 million — the church gave $30 million, and it’s still coming. … Those are the kind of things that you can’t explain by just human effort. God has spoken to [this church family].”
While teaching from the Book of Acts, Matte and the church gained a vision for giving money away, an endeavor based on Acts 1:8 that they called “Mission 1:8.” Their goal is to give missionally to reach their city, the nation and the world, and to not forget the poor, the widow, the orphan and the prisoner.
Matte advised pastors seeking to increase giving to find their voice and find their vision, to realize the effort is about discipleship, and to make sure their hearts are in the right place.
The church used the ladder model from the book “Maximize” by Nelson Searcy, asking members to consider where they were in the giving “ladder,” and then to take a “step up.”
Through this emphasis, 709 families became first-time givers to their church, 449 became intentional givers, 541 became tithers and 686 went to extravagant giving.
“Let God begin with you,” Matte told pastors. “And when He begins with you, you will find you can’t out-give God … But the more we give, the more God gives us.”
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