The situation is often noted. The problem is posed and the solution seems, always, to be so obvious. We should all be more generous.
We are good Calvinists in all things. Why are there difficulties in the world? Because we are not as good as we should be !!
The flip side of generosity is sustainability. If we cannot match our ability to raise money with our expenses, we are always going to feel too broke for any new expenditure.
Maybe we are over invested in our buildings? Maybe our staffs are too big, in the local congregation? Maybe we duplicate staff across individual churches? Maybe our budgeting and fundraising is out of whack, so that increased giving goes to expenses invisible to the donors. For example, the church that calls for a radical increase in pledging, at the same time that they are fattening the building maintenance reserve fund.
It's our Calvinism, and self-doubt, that just makes us look at our financial problems as being a lack of generosity. Maybe we should be looking at our whole financial structure, what we spend, and where, and how we ask, and reform what we are doing. I am convinced that we can unleash incredible generosity if we can show giving creates results -- exciting ministries, successful programs, real changes in our communities and in the lives of the people we work with.