Not everyone can be able to give in a generous manner, especially giving from the heart. Most of the times people have more than they need but the heart of giving wholeheartedly is just not in them. Giving is an important virtue that is not only seriously held and practiced by Christians only, but my many people who understand the importance of giving. The Bible has outlined several principles that are applicable in persuading donors and congregants to increase their levels of giving in a generous manner.
This principle of building a coalition states that there is power in numbers when we are trying to influence others. Before Jesus could ascend to heaven, he formed a coalition that would ensure continuity of his work (Zigarelli, 2008). The disciples had such a great influence that is still at work to date since more people are getting saved. I would apply this principle by forming a church committee which would set their target as a group to give generously in accordance the target that they set for themselves.
There exists an inextricable connection between how much we are able to command and who we are. Jesus set a good example by having people follow Him because his character and way of life was liked by many. Some of Jesus characters that made Him have great influence on the people were being authentic, compassionate, honesty, being gentle and excellent (Zigarelli, 2008). People are influenced by those who are likable, trustworthy, and respectable as well as those who walk the talk. For me to be able to persuade my congregant effectively, I plan on being a generous giving so that I would be setting as a good example that can be followed by others.
Different audiences call for different approaches to the communication. Jesus set a good example in this principle as he taught the congregations in ways that His present and future audiences, us, could understand the teachings (Zigarelli, 2008). For this principle, it is good for the person trying to convince others to put themselves in the shoes of the congregants and be able to view the whole situation from a vantage angle. The idea behind this principle is that the more we get to understand our audience, the better and effective we shape the message we intend to relay. In relation to this principle, I would make an effort of getting to understand the donors so that I will be able to know what each can give generously.
This principle portrayed Jesus as one leader who served people selflessly, and for that reason, it became possibly easy for him to persuade people since their needs were adequately met (Zigarelli, 2008). Being able to meet and serve the needs of other people makes them receptive to our requests, hence a persuasive person should be able to apply this concept. The donors and congregants I plan on persuading each have different needs. Thus, I would make an effort of reaching out to them and help solve the things that way them down.
A person who wishes to persuade others should be able to tell a story that tugs at the feelings and emotions of the congregant and by doing so, the listeners will do what the story suggests. Most of the times are when Jesus used parables in his teachings, and they thus had a great influence in the congregation He was teaching (Zigarelli, 2008). The ultimate purpose of the stories is to make people ask themselves some questions they had not thought of, captivate the audience as well as capturing their attention throughout the session. Similarly, I will employ this principle in my approach by doing thorough research of generous giving related stories that will persuade the donors I target.
ReferencesZigarelli, M. (2008). Influencing like Jesus: 15 biblical principles of persuasion. B&H Publishing Group.
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