The Generosity Ladder is a tool designed to help a person move from money being their god to money being a tool for God’s kingdom. The Generosity Ladder focuses on behaviors and attitudes of our hearts rather than on amounts or percentages, further transforming us into the likeness of Christ.
Each rung of the ladder represents growth in a lifestyle of generosity and sacrifice. These are not rungs 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)
As a part of REACH, we want to challenge everyone to identify which rung on the Generosity Ladder they most closely identify with, and then by faith, take a next step on their personal journey of generosity.
As you begin your personal exploration with the Generosity Ladder it’s most important that you first spend time in prayer asking the Lord where He is leading you to grow in your generosity and dependance on him.
Who: Someone who has not yet given to New Hope.
How: To become a First Time Giver consider making your first gift to New Hope.
Who: Someone who is a regular giver. An Intentional Giver is someone who starts to think 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. To provide more clarity, we’ve classified this as someone who makes 6 or more gifts per year.
How: To become an Intentional Giver consider:
Who: Someone who thinks about their giving in relation to other things they spend their money on. This person considers a percentage or amount that they’re wanting to consciously grow in their generosity. A Proportional Giver looks at their budget and considers how their giving reflects their view of God and commitment to build His kingdom.
How: To become a Proportional Giver consider:
Who: Someone who is no longer thinking “what am I supposed to give?” but rather “what am I not giving and why?” This person is less concerned about the 10% or 15% and more concerned about the 90% or 85%. A Tithing Giver decides to make changes that cost them something in their lifestyle.
How: To become a Tithing Giver consider:
Who: Someone that’s thinking past this year and moving toward long-term impact for their local church, their family, and eternity. An Extravagant Giver makes decisions in the short term that have longer term effects on their giving capacity. Extravagant Givers consider the impact that every personal asset has on their ability to be generous. This person is no longer asking the question, “God, how much are you asking me to give?” Instead, this person is asking, “God, how much are you asking me to keep?”
How: To become an Extravagant Giver consider: