In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Gunnar Johnson. Gunnar has a passion for teaching Biblical Generosity and Financial Stewardship to individuals, churches, non-profits, and businesses. During their conversation, they discuss why next generation giving is a big deal for the church.
“The biggest challenge the church is facing is the decline in church attendance and the decline in generosity.”
“There are less people giving today than we saw 15 years ago.”
“More money is coming into the charitable sector, and yet the church is on a 40-year decline in generosity.”
“Giving in the church is largely driven by the Boomer and Greater generations. God isn’t making any more of that generation.”
“These generations are really interested in doing something that makes a difference.”
“If we can increase their engagement from first to second time giving, they will stay long term and the church will grow.”
“When a person leaves a church, they stop giving six weeks prior to actually leaving and walking out the door. That’s a great ministry opportunity.”
“If you are afraid to talk about the money and what it does positively, it’s going to be assumed by this generation that the church is an inward and self-focused institution.”
“Studies have shown that both Millennials and Gen Z long for and desire mentors in their lives.”
Before founding Generosity and Stewardship Strategies and co-founding Financial Freedom International, Gunnar Johnson was a local church Pastor and business owner. He had the privilege of serving as an Executive Stewardship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake Texas for 11 years. Prior to Gateway Church, Gunnar served for 2 years as a Stewardship Minister at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills, Texas. Prior to 13 years of vocational ministry, he owned a Drywall business in Florida, and a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning company in Texas while serving on staff with Howard Dayton and Larry Burkett at Crown Financial Ministry.
Gunnar has a passion for teaching Biblical Generosity and Financial Stewardship to individuals, churches, non-profits, and businesses. He loves watching how they grow through the power of God’s Word.
You can learn more about Gunnar’s ministry here: www.learngenerosity.com.
Generosity by Lifeway (https://lifewaygenerosity.com)
Exponential Study on giving by Lifeway
Free eBook, Next Generation Giving Is Here! (https://lifewaygenerosity.com/nextgenerationgiving)
The Generosity Gap by Barna (https://www.barna.com/generosity/)