A group of leading Bible teachers have launched The Generosity Project – a major new teaching resource that seeks to overcome “the powerful lure of greed in our world and in our own hearts”. Instead, The Generosity Project looks to implement a keynote new strategy of shifting church culture altogether, by rebalancing our financial and other assets towards an all-embracing emphasis on giving.
Its goal is not just to teach Christians what the Bible says about giving, but something deeper: getting generosity to be part of our conversation and part of our church culture — not just money in the plate, but a big-hearted approach toward other people in our time, our money and our care.
The Generosity Project is a six-part integrated course for small groups. It explores and develops what generosity actually means; what hinders or blocks us from being generous; what instead encourages and grows it; and what it means in practice for God’s people to reflect His generosity.
The Generosity Project is the brainchild of Tony Payne and Geoff Robson, with expert contributions from John Stevens (FIEC); Vaughan Roberts (St Ebbe’s, Oxford); Jason Roach (Co-Mission) and others. It is a ‘project’; it is not meant simply to be a book Christians read on their own, but represents an ongoing task to engage in with others, both in church and within para-church organisations.
With a suite of free supporting resources, including video sessions, real world stories, and guides for leaders and pastors, the course may easily be implemented in small groups.
Tony Payne and Geoff Robson commented
“The conviction underlying The Generosity Project is that the culture of generosity is weak in our churches. We don’t talk about it, we are not excited by it and there is precious little evidence that we are driven by it.
“If that is the case, it may seem strange to be launching a new small group project on generosity during this worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. The resulting massive social and economic problems may well prompt Christians and para-church organisations to focus more on keeping and protecting the financial assets they have, in order to survive the current crisis relatively intact.
“But our lives are better for generosity, whether we are givers or receivers, so we think that this is the perfect time to encourage a major, strategic shift towards a more generous global church culture. This is because generosity and kindness are already in the air as our wider society praises and celebrates kind acts in difficult times. What an amazing opportunity for God’s people to be known as givers and supporters of others.”