If you’ve been around Athens Church for a little while, you have probably heard us talk about being “automatically generous.” In addition to making our operational budget more stable, it is our hope that automating your giving here makes your participation in our mission as seamless as possible. A strong church helps make a strong community. And to remain strong, we need the people who love Athens Church to develop a plan to support it.
It’s a scary step, though, isn’t it? Even for those who have been faithfully giving for years, committing to a monthly percentage can be daunting. So we want to make this really simple. A trial run. Complete with a safety net.
Welcome to the 90-Day Automation Challenge.
In a sentence, we want you to try automating your generosity for 90 days. To help explain why this could become such a game-changer both for you and our church, scroll down to find helpful resources to provide you some context—a biblical backing for generous living as well as message titled Playing Favorites from our Teaching Pastor, Andy Stanley, who has greatly influenced our thinking in this area.
We know that this is a huge step of obedience, but you’re not in this alone! And we commit to you that if you automate your generosity 90 days and ultimately regret this decision, we’ll refund 100% of those 3 months’ contributions. No problem, and no questions asked.
What does the Bible say?
Tithing and offerings are principles that are taught throughout the entire Bible. When we give to the work of the Church, we are putting legs to our faith by actively, habitually placing God first in our lives. It is a Jesus-follower’s way to thank God for His provision, to sustain our trust in Him, even to curtail our own greed. It is also the primary way the Gospel is shared in our city.
The bottom line is that as we grow in our relationship with Jesus, we strive to become increasingly like him. And because Jesus was generous, we want to grow in our generosity as well.