A new year… a new start. I love new starts and January 1st is the best "new start" of the year.
I wanted to remind you of what I'm asking everyone at Northridge to do this year:
- Figure out how much you gave in 2012 to Kingdom-oriented ministries (church, missionaries, ministries). You can't figure out how to grow if you don't know where you are.
- Decide what a good growth goal would be for 2013. Don't be one who "gives by accident" because you didn't "pre-decide." Decide now for 2013 how generous you want to be.
- Decide what ministries those funds will go to. Try not to decide all of them or you won't be able to give to new ministries. My wife and I decided a long time ago to give at least 10% to our church and anything above that may go to our church, Creating Spaces (capital campaign at church), missionaries, or other ministries. I've never regretted that decision. Whatever you decide – just decide and stick with it! Make sacrifices in other places in your budget, but not here.
- Take the steps to make that happen. Intentions don't get you anywhere. I think automated, online giving is a great way to go because it allows you to prioritize your giving (first fruits). It allows you to give first before anything else. And I've found if I can automate what's important – it helps me keep my giving priority when life gets busy and I get distracted. You might consider automatic deductions through our church website or whatever ministries you support.