Following up with people who give to your church isn’t about providing information, it’s about investing in the discipleship process. People who give do so for a variety of reasons, but it’s important that you help them understand the “why behind the what.”

Aside from a yearly giving statement, there is little if any communication from many churches, about how money given, is advancing the mission.

If you want to know where someone’s heart is, follow the trail of treasure. After all, that’s what Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34 say. Giving and stewardship comprised over 26 percent of Jesus’ teaching and is found countless times throughout each book of the Bible. It’s the only area of life in which God actually tells us we can test Him. (Malachi 3:10-11)

So if you overlook this area – this principle – then how can you ever fulfill your calling to equip the saints for every good work? (Ephesians 4:11-12) Simply put, the reason you need to follow up with the givers in your church is the fact that you want them to be mature disciples and followers of Jesus. That can’t happen without the area of stewardship in their life being developed as well. It’s about the person’s heart and not about their money.

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