The first sermon I ever heard on stewardship was called “The Sermon on the Amount”. It was classic. And bad!

It was spoken by a young layperson who had been commissioned by the Sr. Warden to “say a few words.” It was mercifully short. It was truly apologetic, in the bad sense of the word.

The preacher stood up near the front pew and said that he had been duly requested to speak by the Vestry. He said something about owing God a lot, digging deep and meeting the church’s budgets. There was a line or two about “everyone pitching in” and he even said this, “if everyone gave (and he mentioned a certain amount that he had figured out by the process of division) then we’d meet the budget.”

And then I finished and sat down. I was red in the face.

I have repented of that terrible example of a sermon many years ago.

If fact, over the past 40 years, I have had plenty of opportunities to repair whatever damage I did that day to that undeserving congregation. By God’s grace and the patience of a wonderful, growing church where I served most of my life, I preached dozens and dozens of messages about stewardship and generosity, about giving and commitment. My wife and I launched our own household efforts to put our money where my mouth was. We began tithing early on, growing in faith and trust when we least could afford it.

Over those same years of ministry, I read more and more about the miraculous culture and practices of the earliest Christians. They were generous and beyond—generous beyond belief.

Tim Keller says it best:

“The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way—the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body. A pagan gave nobody their money and practically gave everybody their body. And the Christians came along and gave practically nobody their body and they gave practically everybody their money.”

Over my ministry, I came to see that giving is one of the most neglected but perhaps the most central feature of a converted Christian’s life.

Last year, Archbishop Foley Beach and Canon Alan Hawkins of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) asked me to help translate some of my book “Giving Up” into a provincial-wide program for congregations. I loved the idea from the start. It has been a great privilege and joy for me to develop some of the most important ideas in Scripture for our churches today. We’ve opened up a website called “The Evergreen Project.” There is much more about this movement there.

The Evergreen Project is a five-year effort to help every congregation and diocese to embrace, build, develop, and deepen the biblical value of gratitude and generosity. I can hardly wait to see how it unfolds. There is already a good deal of excitement and enthusiasm for this cooperative effort, and it could have wonderful benefits for any church and all leaders and members.

The first program that we are offering is called “The Joy of Giving Up,” and it comes with a complete pack of resources that have been specially created and curated for Anglican Churches today.

The Joy of Giving Up is a parish-wide robust communication plan and set of ideas for the entire congregation. It is rich in biblical teaching and pastoral communication. The program will help your congregation develop a deeper sense of gratitude, generosity, and stewardship.

Cost: $200.00

Order your program today and receive all the materials needed for a positive, biblical campaign that will increase the level of generosity in your parish and deepen the spiritual life of your members. The cost is only $200.00

Here are just a few items featured in The Joy of Giving Up.

  • A step-by-step guide address the issue of stewardship and generosity for every member of the congregation.
  • Support and encouragement for the Rector’s leadership in the financial and outreach development of the congregation.
  • Resource materials for adults, families, children, small groups, and adult study groups on biblical generosity.
  • Vestry training session on giving and attendance patterns and other essentials they need to know.
  • Opportunities to teach and train lay leaders about generosity and giving.
  • A three- or five-week teaching/preaching series with suggested outlines, abstracts, and an in-depth webinar on preaching.
  • Sample letters, templates, quotes, and material to lay a firm foundation for giving.
  • Includes “The Generosity Box” a subscription plan for your church with resources collected, curated, and created for Anglican congregations.

Order Today

The Campaign will be delivered to you within two weeks of your paid invoice. One order per church. Please order early to insure on-time delivery. Go to “The Evergreen Project” website for the complete order form.

(If after you receive your campaign, you decide that it is not the right program for your church, you may return it and receive a refund less 20% return fee.)

Is This Right for our Church?

One of the most difficult topics for honest discussion in the modern church is money, stewardship, generosity, and giving. Paul showed no hesitation about this subject when he wrote to the Church in Corinth. He is clear, candid, and remarkably focused. And today, his teaching demonstrates that the Gospel can not only change the way we live…it can and should change the way we give!

Here is why this program can work in your church.

  1. It is Adaptable: The Joy of Giving Up is not a “packaged campaign.” There is training and teaching, but the Rector, Vestry, staff, and other lay leaders are invited to adapt it to the particular culture of the congregation.
  2. It is Biblical: The Joy of Giving Up is not about filling up church coffers or promising prosperity. It is about raising up faithful disciples who see stewardship and generosity as a biblical call from God.
  3. It is Seemless: The Joy of Giving Up uses the timing and events of your own parish calendar to develop the message. This campaign is a communication campaign that uses things that are already in place: the church calendar, the pulpit, Anglican liturgy and prayer, small groups, adult education, the parish pulpit, the Rector’s desk and pen, and people’s love for your church!

Order Today!

(If after you receive your campaign, you decide that it is not the right program for your church, you may return it and receive a refund less 20% return fee.)