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Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church

Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church [Kindle Edition]

Nelson Searcy , Jennifer Dykes Henson
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Maximize is the ultimate how-to book for pastors and church leaders who long for their churches to be fully resourced to carry out ministry initiatives without financial strain. Pastor Nelson Searcy provides an innovative, step-by-step plan for turning first-time givers into extravagant stewards of God's resources. Shining a light on the often taboo subject of money, Maximize will explore what causes someone to give for the first time and what leaders can do to systemize and maximize these gifts while growing strong disciples. Readers will learn how to

-cultivate first-time givers
-motivate people to tithe
-develop an ongoing stewardship system
-follow up with givers the right way
-develop multiple giving options
-shepherd the five types of givers in the church
-educate people to grow in the grace of giving

Stewardship is an essential part of discipleship. This revolutionary yet biblically based guide will chase the money discussion out of the darkness and bring it the attention it deserves. Every pastor needs a copy of Maximize!

About the Author

Nelson Searcy served as the director of The Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church before starting The Journey Church of the City in New York City in 2002. He and his 1,200-member church appear routinely on lists such as The 50 Most Influential Churches and The 25 Most Innovative Leaders. His newsletter for pastors and church leaders, Church Leader Insights, now reaches more than 40,000 subscribers and continues to grow by hundreds each month. Searcy lives in New York City. Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2262 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0801072182
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Original edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050PABVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maximize 5 Nov 2013
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We implemented this programme over six months and found that church giving income rose 22% in the following six months and has been sustained at that level. It is brilliant at offering thorough systematic solutions. Any church that now talks to me about a shortfall in income I simply encourage them to read the book, contextualize for the UK environment, and implement. Randy Alcorn's Money Possessions and Eternity is more thorough theologically; this is the best for practical solutions to implement to encourage good stewardship in the church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch 17 July 2013
Very helpful for church leaders especially in regards of removing the obstacles to giving and having the courage to teach what the Bible says about giving - looking forward to implementing some of the ideas in our church.
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I have come across so many books on giving and outside of Randy Alcorn's Money, Possessions and Eternity this is the best I have read. The only down side is I read it in the Christmas holidays and now I have to wait a week before I can implement it.

It's perfect mix of practical action and spiritual insight - Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every pastor. 29 Sep 2010
By B. Adebisi - Published on
The book "Maximize" is an eye opener. It is impossible to explain how much I have learnt from it. It's one of those books that you will have to read over and over again. "Maximize" is not one of those books you just throw on the shelf after reading it, you want to call every pastor in the phone book to recommend it to them.

Just few things I have learnt from this book:
1. "Maximize" teaches me to be a disciplined pastor in encouraging my church members in the area of financial stewardship.
2. It helps understand the need to teach the church that giving is part of spiritual growth, spiritual maturity and an act of worship.
3. "Maximize" teaches you not to be afraid to talk about money in church.
4. The power of testimonies given by those who regularly tithe is the single most powerful tool for supporting your teaching.
5. As a leader or pastor I must be a faithful steward first before I can teach it to others.
6. Hold leaders and staff in the church accountable. Inconsistency in tithing amongst church staff or leaders affects the whole church.
7. Maximize has helped me to understand that everyone in the church can be an extravagant giver.
8. True generosity is not how much you give but how much you have left.
9. It helps you understand stewardship is more than just getting the givers money. We need to be concerned about the givers spiritual maturity.
10. "Maximize" teaches the importance of spending time on a personal level developing discipleship with your faithful givers, with systematic follow ups.

Pastor Bola Adebisi
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Church Planter 15 Oct 2010
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Stewardship and giving is something every pastor must learn to teach about. As a church planter I need more money, and the people I am reaching are the ones God intended to help us become financially independent. Through Maximize, I have learned simple strategies and principles from God's Word that I can use to teach and train those I am reaching. It has also given me the confidence to talk openly about money with my attenders, members and leaders. Here are a ten things I took away from this book.

1-Send hand written THANK YOU notes to first time gives.

2- Follow Up with givers in all levels

3-Offer a bigger & pre stamped envelope

4-Stop our Sunday service and offer a time of giving

5- Preach 4 times about stewardship each year

6-Offer multiple ways for people to give

7-Hold staff and key leaders accountable with giving

8-Teach consistently about bringing the FULL TITHE

9-Offer a TITHE CHALLENGE at least once a year

10- Send biannual giving statements (next year quarterly giving statements)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Things I Learned From This Book 19 Oct 2011
By George C. Price - Published on
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What I like about Nelson Seacy's books is the fact that they'e not about theory but down to earth practical advice. Maximize is no exception. Here's what I learned from Maximize.

1. You have to have healthy stewardship to have a healthy church. Stewardship is about discipleship. Followers of Jesus give. I have to admit that I never made the connection between the two. I always thought that healthy churches gave, but I never considered the fact that healthy stewardship was part of how the church became and stayed healthy.

2. God has a specific plan for fully resourcing His church and freeing His people from financial repression. This hit me hard. I never thought of it in these terms. But it makes perfect sense and is Biblically sound. God has a plan for everything else. Why not funding His church. Therefore, I don't have to come up with a plan or use guilt inducing gimmicks. I just teach His plan. Duh!

3. You can't be a mature believer without giving. I've seen it too many times, members who are spiritual pygmies. They've been coming to church for thirty years, but have no depth to their souls. Stewardship is integral with discipleship.

4. You have to have multiple giving options. The offering plate won't cut it, especially in this debit card culture. And if the only time the congregation can give is on Sunday morning, you're leaving a lot of God's money in their pockets.

5. You can't let people climb the leadership ladder without also climbing the generosity ladder. It's leads to problems and hurt. I've pastored this church. Several times. I know that is a direct correlation to the maturity issue I mentioned above.

6. Giving isn't about money. It is about growing in Christ.

7. People want to give. People know they should give. The problem is they still want to control their money.

8. The tithe is a sign of a submissive heart. It is not about legalism, but grace.
When we don't give, it's not a money problem, it's a heart problem.

9. Pastors lead the way. This hurts. I have given and I have not given through my Christian life. I am giving now and I know it makes a difference in my walk with Christ and my ministry. I tell people that I can't explain it other than the fact that God does it, but when I give, I always have enough to meet my needs and when I don't give to God, there is never enough.
Yet what bothers me most is that I have consistently failed to teach stewardship. I thought if I helped my people get their hearts right, the money would take care of itself. That was a lie from Satan. It grieves me when I realize that I have been a hindrance to their walk with Christ.
I think through the years that I didn't teach stewardship not just because I was afraid of what people would think, but mostly because I would have to face my own disobedience.

10. Create a culture of generosity. Church people can be the stingiest people in the world when it comes to God's money. They think that they're doing God a favor by not spending any money.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - lays a great foundation for giving and practical steps too! 21 April 2011
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Maximize does lay a great foundation for giving. How? By showing that giving and generosity are basic values of discipleship that ought to be maturing over time.

Here are my 10 takeaways on the book:

1. It is impossible to become a fully developed follower of Jesus without also becoming a fully developed steward of financial resources. Again, where your treasure is there your heart will also be.

2. Giving should be an outward, material expression of a deep, spiritual commitment... and indication of a willing and obedient heart. Larry Burkett

3. Maximize is the stewardship system that was developed out of this singular goal to cultivate first-time givers and move them towards extravagant giving.
' Turn a first-time giver and do a regular giver.
' Turn a regular giver into a tither.
' Turn a tither into an extravagant giver.

4. By nature, the concept of generosity is in conflict with the concept of self preservation. Andy Stanley.

5. So teach on stewardship four times a year.
' Teach on money mid-to-late January
' teach on money right after kids get back to school.
' Pick two other stewardship Sundays during the year at your own discretion.
' Along with this new stewardship testimonies two times a year

6. Revolutionary gratitude
' Giving is a way of taking the focus off the money we make and put it back where it belongs on the lives we lead, the families we raise, the communities that nurture us.
' Our goal is to create a culture of generosity. (that is more than money)
' Stewardship is discipleship, which creates a culture of generosity, encouraging generosity through education and strategic stewardship practices, and following up with givers effectively.

7. Four key elements: continuing education
' teaching
' Challenges
' Small groups
' Membership class
"Money and its use are indicators of spiritual health" Say that twice out loud!
' Practical ways to develop people:
' teach on financial management
' provide financial management resources
' offer a stewardship small group

8. Educate people to bring the full tithe to God as an act of joyful worship

9. Measuring things: You need to measure!

10. Cultivate extravagant givers.
' step up to give extra care and support of those people who choose to live as extravagant givers
' how can we better minister to you
' is there anything we need to clarify for you
' how can pray for you

Check it out!

Ed Loughran
Senior Pastor
Vineyard Community Church Joliet Illinois
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Church Stewardship Book on the Market 21 Mar 2011
By Michael W. Henderson - Published on
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If you only purchase one book on church finance, this is THE book. One thing about all of Nelson Searcy's materials is that they are 100% helpful and easy to apply. Everyone is touting how their products can help you. And it is easy to buy several kinds of the same thing. But in the book Maximize you will learn everything you need to know as a pastor for developing generous givers. It is thorough. When I picked it up I could not put it down. I devoured it in one sitting with highlights, dog-eared corners, and to do lists on the front fly cover. This book needs to go to the top of your to-buy-list. If you wait you may be depriving your people from becoming generous givers. As in Monopoly, "Don't go past go, don't collect $200, go straight to the checkout and purchase Maximize. You'll be glad you did.
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