Extravagant Generosity describes practices of sharing and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. It describes lavish sharing, sacrifice, and giving in service to God and neighbor.
(2 Corinthians 9:6-15) We speak confidently and faithfully about money, generosity, and the difference giving makes for the purposes of Christ and the life of the giver. We emphasize mission, purpose and life-changing results with our spending. We seek opportunities to teach, model and cultivate generosity among children, youth, and adults.
One component of maintaining trust with respect to how our church spends its resources is providing an ongoing, easily accessible, clear financial picture. In order to ensure church members are informed about the financial status of the Lynn Haven Church, we recommend that the church leadership establish a presentation schedule to communicate how the church is doing financially, what programs we support, and highlight special opportunities to practice generosity.
In order to achieve the Biblical financial goals, we recommend that the Lynn Haven Church regularly train and educate our members on Biblical stewardship. Include specialized programs, sermon series, and member testimonies that are relevant to all ages. Ensure that the membership of the Lynn Haven Church is offered clear opportunities to practice Biblical stewardship. We believe such an emphasis will significantly increase (perhaps doubling) the number of members who practice tithing.
The financial state of the Lynn Haven Church impacts the ability to reach every goal and recommendation in this document. Freeing the church from debt will reveal opportunities across the Five Practices spectrum and allow the Lynn Haven Church to launch new programs and ministries, thereby reaching people never thought possible. In order to increase our ability to pursue and reach all the goals outlined in this report, we recommend that the Lynn Haven Church leadership develop and execute a detailed plan to retire the church’s debt by the end of 2020.