How to Share the Currencies of Generosity

December 11, 2018

>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from Patrick Johnson on this blog topic.<<<

Here’s an interesting concept to think about: the currencies of generosity. So often we define generosity as financial giving, but it’s way more that just that. God has blessed us with many different “currencies” that we can use to bless the world. Just like the grouping of words shown below, generosity can be expressed through compassion, empathy, service, time, and presence.


Let me illustrate this concept with a quick story that really had a big impact on me.

A couple of months back I was facilitating a live Overflow Experience with the staff of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Calvary's a great church, and has had a huge impact in south Florida—growing from a couple of people meeting in a living room to tens of thousands of people today. Whenever I visit their campus, I’m impressed by the vibrant ministry that occurs there.

A Dark Time

Sadly, about five years ago the church’s founding pastor experienced a moral failure, very public, which ushered in a very difficult period in the life of the church. Now under new leadership, Calvary Chapel is back on a solid footing, and I'm really excited about where they're headed.

So, with that history as a backdrop, during the Overflow Experience the staff and I were sharing stories and having conversations about what it means to live a life of generosity. That’s when the leadership of the church came up with a great idea.

They said, “Let’s pause our discussion for a few minutes so that each of our staff can write a note of compassion and encouragement to Willow Creek Church in Chicago.”

Sharing from Experiences

You may be familiar with Willow Creek Community Church. They have been a huge influence over the years within the evangelical community, but right now they are going through a very distressing time—similar to what Calvary Chapel had faced.

So it really touched me to watch these staff members draw from their own experiences of hurt and disappointment and reach out with compassion and empathy toward others who are currently under duress. What a powerful picture!

A Platform for Outreach

"Oftentimes our greatest acts of generosity flow from our own hurt and from the mistakes that we make in life." [Tweet This

Coming through those times gives us platform from which we can reach out to others who are struggling. Through compassion and empathy and love we can help them out of their dark times.

So whenever you think about generosity, be sure to include all its currencies—not just the ones having to do with money. Calvary Chapel’s staff taught me what it looks like to love one another well. At all times, but especially over the Christmas holidays, let’s intentionally reach outside ourselves, and let's love others well with the currencies of generosity that God has blessed us with.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV). [Tweet This]

The Overflow Experience (OE) is a transformational overnight retreat for leaders and their spouses to begin the reset process around Biblical generosity. It's designed as an interactive experience incorporating videos, reflection, and discussion with meals included. Please watch the clip below or contact us to learn more.

Please also share your comments, ideas, and experiences below.

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Watch This Month's Clip 

In this clip, Patrick Johnson shares his latest thoughts on the 3 gaps to whole-life generosity, how to recognize them,  and how to grow past them. 

Please watch and share in your network!

Recommended Resource:

The Overflow Experience

Designed as a church leadership interactive experience, the Overflow Experience (OE) is a transformational overnight retreat for your church’s leaders and their spouses to begin the reset process around Biblical generosity.

Led by a trained GenerousChurch facilitator, this is not a “bait and switch” event where donations will be requested—it incorporates videos, reflection, and discussion with meals included.    

Learn More about how to schedule your own local event.  

Contact us with questions.  

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