Scott Rodin has written a short novel called, The Third Conversion. It is a quick easy read based on the move from being transactional to transformational in giving. He shows how this shift in the life of the giver impacts the needed shift in the life of the fund raiser.
The book is an enjoyable story reflecting the principles of Transformational Giving. It is a helpful example of how you may be able to change your conversations with those who give. He shows both good and bad encounters.
Following a bad encounter, Rodin has one of the characters of the story dissect what went wrong. He observes that the reason the encounter went wrong was opportunity was missed. Not the opportunity for the gift but an opportunity for ministry. Here is what he says, “We had the opportunity to help them recover the real joy of giving in a God-pleasing way, to develop hearts that are rich toward God and blessed in their giving.”
What I love about this quote, is the focus on the “joy of giving”. Do you believe God’s Word when He says it is more blessed to give than receive? Every Christian worker I work with says yes to this question. Do you believe there is joy in giving? Again the room says yes. However, a good number of those who need to raise support back off the money question when talking to champions. So if you back off the money issue, but you believe it is more blessed to give, then is it fair to say you may be in a position of robbing the champion of a blessing by not addressing the opportunity to give.
Maybe we do this because we do not see giving as a joyful event. Perhaps we have approached giving as a “tax” not as a gift. It is April and it is tax time. Those who owe wait until April 15 to send in their forms. I have been in churches who approach the offering time like a tax payer approaches April 15. Let’s stop this attitude. Giving is a joy.
Two things can happen to change this way of thinking.
- First, start with yourself. You become the cheerful giver. Experience the joy of giving personally.
- Second, pass the joy on to others. (You cannot pass on what you do not possess.) Teach others about the joy in giving. Help them recover the joy of giving in a God-pleasing way.