Giving and Generosity

Is giving something to someone else always an act of generosity? What qualifies giving of our time, talent, or treasure as generosity. I have many times given some candy to my children to “calm” them down, to restore the peace, or to distract them. More recently, I volunteered to “serve”, but I was actually intending to expand my network of business contacts by giving of my time. What is the difference in the stories of Barnabas, the Levite, from the island of Cyprus who sold a field he owned, and that of Ananias and his wife Sapphira who also sold […]

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Accountability and Generosity

The connection between accountability and generosity can be traced back to the biblical pattern set by the Apostle Paul in his international orchestration of the Jerusalem collection from A.D. 53-58. In his correspondence, we find these four practical points for modern application. I suggest God’s workers all over the world follow Paul’s example to promote accountability and encourage greater generosity. Provide Consistent Directions for God’s People – Notice Paul did not beg for money, which would imply they were owners of financial resources. Instead, he taught them basic financial stewardship. He instructed people set aside whatever extra they earn to […]

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Five Ways to Get Your Ministry’s Board to Love Fundraising!

How do your ministry’s board members feel about fundraising? Does the very idea of being involved in raising money fill them with fear or with joy? Do they consider fundraising as one of their responsibilities of being an effective board member? In this blog post I would like to share with you five biblically based ways to encourage your board members to embrace fundraising as one of their key responsibilities. Encourage board members to model generosity by giving to your ministry. To help them fully understand and embrace their role of leading through their generosity take some time with your […]

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Accountability and Communication

Accountability is making the whole process of the organization open to scrutiny. Unfortunately, most people seem to think that accountability is having their accounts properly audited and submitted to the board of directors. I think we need to go beyond financial rectitude to proper accountability where confidence is built in the organization leading to greater confidence in giving to the organization. In fact, financial accountability only gives confidence that all expenses have proper bills and all the monies spent are accounted for. This gives no confidence in the organization or the expenses they incur. For example, if an expense of […]

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What if God never intended you to have a life purpose?

I heard a speaker at church shock the congregation with this statement: “God has not given you a purpose in life!” You could hear a pin drop as we waited for the next line, and he repeated it for emphasis. “You do not have a God-given life purpose!” As he continued his comments about how attempts to discover our own life purpose is an unbiblical concept, I found myself profoundly in disagreement with his statements. But then he made his point: God has a purpose. You have an assignment! My mind immediately opened up to what he was really saying. […]

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Christian View of Money, Wealth, Possessions

Money, Wealth, Possessions – A Guardian business article published in April 2018 ran with the headline “Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030”. The article stated based on the growing inequality, that the top 1% would hold wealth equating to $305,000,000,000,000.00 US dollars, which is double what they hold in wealth today. Many people, probably a whole lot of people are angry about this, crying out against this injustice. Wherever I travel and speak with people and families across the globe, I find that the person’s view of money, wealth, and possessions depends on his/her […]

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Biblical Stewardship and Fundraising

Biblical stewardship provides the paradigm for Christian fundraisers. It begins with the acknowledgement that God who created all things is also the owner and provider of all that we need, including the resources to fund his kingdom work. What a liberating thought! My conversion to biblical stewardship set me free as a fundraiser. As development director of the seminary where I was working I used to think about the money I had to raise before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. The burden of raising the money felt heavily on my shoulders until I […]

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Biblical Stewardship: The Foundation of All Generosity

Generosity is the overflow of the stewardship mindset that says God owns it all and I am only a steward of the resources in my hands, including my life. This truth has far-reaching implications in the way we live our lives and use the resources entrusted to us including money, possessions, our work, our business, and everything else we got. God bestows material blessing to his people in order that they can help those who have less in this life. Giving and sharing liberate God’s people from hoarding material things and loving mammon. If we train ourselves to give away […]

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Faith and Fundraising

Recently, I was asked to review a book, Keeping Faith in Fundraising, by Peter Harris and Rod Wilson. So, when asked to write on faith and fundraising, I thought of that book. The authors aimed not at writing a how-to manual for Christ-followers; instead, they challenged readers to think about “why” fundraising looks different or should be different for us. With a similar aim, I want to invite Christians everywhere to consider three thoughts related to the “why” of fundraising. The world says you are the fundraiser for the ministry you serve. When we integrate faith and fundraising, we realize […]

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Ten Key Principles for Fundraising

Fundraising is not about raising money.  It’s about meeting needs and bringing about change. People give to people, not to organizations or even causes.  Fundraising is a people business.  Personal requests work best.  Fund development is people development. Friend-making comes before fundraising. Open their hearts. Then open their minds. Then open their cheque books. Communicate need, to bring the problem to the donor. Set clear targets. Communicate your goals to your donors. Communicate action and success to encourage full involvement. Know how much to ask each prospect for, and when. The most important two words are thank you.  Acknowledge every donation with a friendly, […]

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