ALL IN JOURNEY
The “All In Journey” is a tool designed to help a person see money as a good tool for God's kingdom. The “All In Journey” focuses on behaviors and attitudes of our hearts, rather than on amounts or percentages, further transforming us into the likeness of Christ.
Each step represents growth in a lifestyle of generosity and sacrifice. These are not steps you slowly ascend to get to God, but simply a way to evaluate your growth in generosity. Scripture encourages us to grow in every facet of our walk with Christ, including the grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
We want to challenge everyone in our church family to identify the step they most closely identify with, and then by faith, take the next step on their personal journey of generosity.
- Initial Giver
This type of giver is someone who decides to give for the first time and trust God and the leaders of the church with the gift. During our “All-In” initiative, many will take their first step of faith by making their first gift to the kingdom of God through Stonegate Church.
To become an Initial Giver, consider making your first gift to Stonegate Church.
- Consistent Giver
This type of giver is someone who decides to give something and to give it on a consistent basis. This is someone who thinks of their giving in the same way they would about other expenses in their budget that are paid regardless of seasons of feast or famine. This often requires planning, and
sometimes this might be a reason for someone to setup recurring gifts online or to become disciplined with giving through envelopes or checks during Sunday gatherings.
To become a Consistent Giver, consider:
- Setting up a recurring gift through Stonegate’s Online Giving (preferably through debit card).
- Budgeting specifically for giving in the same way you would your other monthly expenses. (1 Cor. 16:1-2)
- Proactively scheduling when you’re going to consistently give on your calendar.
- Intentional Giver
This type of giver begins asking the question, “Why am I giving more to my cell phone bill than I am giving to God? Should I be giving to God more than I give for my mortgage each month?” This giver starts to make their giving an intentional choice that reflects how they feel about it in relation to other things they spend their money on. This may also be the point of intentionality when someone begins to tithe, reflecting that they are being intentional about a certain amount or percentage they want to give to Jesus.
To become an Intentional Giver, consider:
- Giving in relation to other monthly financial commitments (such as cell phone, mortgage/rent, insurance, etc.) and determining an intentional step to grow the priority of your giving.
- Choosing a percentage that would represent a new level of giving for you, potentially a tithe. (Malachi 3:10)
- Sacrificial Giver
This type of giver begins to ask the questions, “Am I giving in a way that changes me?” “Am I giving in a way that causes my lifestyle to be different to reflect the transformation Christ is making in me?” A sacrificial giver’s commitment to giving actually governs the rest of his/her lifestyle. A sacrificial giver has a giving commitment that is “larger than their current situation” so that they must adjust the rest of their expenditures to meet that commitment.
To become a Sacrificial Giver, consider:
- Looking at the dollars you are not giving and prayerfully consider if God is asking you to release a portion of those back to Him.
- Evaluating if your giving is really costing you something or if it has become comfortable or routine. (2 Samuel 24:24)
- Determining if there are resources God has blessed you with in the past (savings, stock, retirement, etc.) that God is asking you to release as a sacrifice to Him.
- Lifetime Giver
This type of giver is no longer asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to give?” A lifetime giver is asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to keep?” They ask this so they can release the rest for kingdom purposes.
Much like a sacrificial giver makes a commitment that will govern his/her monthly and annual decisions, a lifetime giver makes a lifetime or long-term giving commitment that governs his/her long-term decisions like homes, cars, investments, projects, etc.
To become a Lifetime Giver, consider:
- Putting a cap on spending and saving so every additional dollar goes towards kingdom giving.
- Setting a lifetime generosity goal (a specific number) for your family’s kingdom giving over the course of your life.
- Engaging in estate planning (or revise your current plan) to accurately reflect your kingdom giving priorities.
- Leveraging your own journey of generosity to encourage and inspire kingdom generosity in the next generation. (Proverbs 13:22)