A.J. Thomas is the Founder of Joyful Giving Group, whose mission is to cultivate a culture of generosity.
A.J. is a practiced believer in the power of generosity to transform individual lives, congregations, and entire communities.
A.J. is an ordained United Methodist pastor with over a decade of leadership experience in the local church. He is appointed to Joyful Giving Group as an extension ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Your attitude as a part of the congregation has a lot to do
with how vital and fruitful the church will be. I have noticed there are
two general attitudes that people can have about their church, framed in terms
of two questions:
·“What can I get out of being part of this
·“What can I give out of being part of this
Vibrant, healthy, kingdom-building churches are those in
which more of their constituents are seeking to give rather than to get.
·Are worried about their own needs
·Are concerned with “What’s in it for me?”
·Want their own way
·Withhold (time, talent, or treasure) when they
don’t get what they want
·Think more of themselves than they do of others
·Think the church is there to serve them
·Fear loss of control, comfort, or convenience
·Are worried about what’s best for everyone
·Are concerned with “What does God need of us?”
·Want God’s way
·Continue to give (time, talent, treasure) even
when they don’t get exactly what they want
·Think more about others than they do of
·Think the church is there to serve its community
·Are willing to sacrifice control, comfort, or
convenience for the sake of the mission
So ask yourself, “Am I a giver, or am I a getter?”