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CULTIVATING GENEROSITY

THE EVERGREEN PROJECT
theevergreenproject.org

Generosity is a hidden virtue of any church that “gets” the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was true of the first Christians in the New Testament. They gave and gave generously. It is true of any growing church today. Why? Because Jesus exuded generosity and we are called to emulate Him. After all, He gave His life for us and, consequently, generously offers us to share in His inheritance if we simply choose to follow Him.

Through the ACNA-sponsored program called “The Evergreen Project,” churches and dioceses find new ways to become more generous in an effort to worship the Lord more fully and serve our communities more effectively.

Every church should have ideas about how to reach people. Every church should have the passion to reach more people. At The Evergreen Project, we are focused on this central purpose: to collect, create, and curate the best resources to help our churches thrive.

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CULTIVATING GENEROSITY

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
– Jeremiah 17:7-8

THE EVERGREEN PROJECT
theevergreenproject.org

Generosity is the hidden virtue of any church that “gets” the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was true of the first Christians in the New Testament. They gave, and gave generously. It is true of any growing church today. And it could be true of you, your church, and your diocese. Through the ACNA sponsored program called “The Evergreen Project”, you can find ways to help your church become a generous church and your diocese a generous diocese.

Every church should have ideas about how to reach people. Every church should have the passion to reach more people. If the reputation of your diocese is what I have heard of it for over 30 years, you have the heart, passion, and courage to preach the Gospel, teach the faith, and reach your neighborhoods and communities.

But the one thing that may be holding your church back from taking bold next steps for mission is not vision, passion, or faith. It could be that your congregation lacks a strong base of committed members who are financially engaged and personally generous members.

The lack of generosity in a parish will hobble it. This is where The Evergreen Project comes in. The Evergreen Project can help your church raise the level of stewardship and generosity within your congregation in order to accomplish your mission.

How? We have the program and communication resources to help your rector and your vestry teach, preach, and reach people with the good news of giving. When you join this movement and subscribe to our principle resource “The Generosity Box,” you will receive everything you need to help your people get the virtue and the joy of giving. You will get our fully implementable plans, programs, outlines, and timelines to help your congregation move forward in this vital area of congregational life and health.

We have seen it happen in the first year. Archbishop Beach commissioned this teaching ministry in 2018. We put our plans together and in 2019, about 150 congregations in the ACNA took the step and joined our movement. These churches received our Anglican-oriented program and access to our online webinars and coaching sessions.

The year ended well for these churches. Across the ACNA we have heard reports of 10% to 15% increase in financial commitment. And more! We have seen more members sign pledge cards.

Visit our website at theevergreenproject.org and see what you think. We are in the process of writing our new program and curriculum for 2020 and it is going to be GREAT! I invite every church in The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina to join this movement with a paid subscription of $225 a year. When you do you will receive all the materials needed to implement a stewardship and generosity program in 2020. Your church will become stronger, healthier, and more generous for your ministry and for the people you are trying to reach.

Each leader and each congregation has an opportunity to take these steps together. At The Evergreen Project we are focused on this central purpose: to collect, create, and curate the best resources to help your church thrive. Join us there, subscribe to The Generosity Box, and receive all the program resources, training, coaching, and tools you need to help the members of your congregation become the generous givers that God has called them to be.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
– Jeremiah 17:7-8

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