Global Collaboration

At the Stewardship Summit 2017 at Phoenix Seminary back in January, Ms. Barbara Shantz and I shared a top-ten list of challenges that nationals face associated with promoting biblical stewardship and Christian generosity in their respective countries. In this post, I’d like to elaborate on the challenge that I reported linked to the USA and how we are learning to address it at ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). Too Little Ethnic Diversity The phrase “too little ethnic diversity” summarizes the biggest challenge I see with regard to stewardship and generosity efforts in the USA. Don’t read this as a negative assessment. It’s […]

Continue reading

The Fundraiser’s Six Rights

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting in the Lord means safety – Proverbs 29:25 Rejection, feeling as a beggar, or causing harm to a friendship are just some of the thoughts and fears we struggle with as a fundraiser.  We often ask ourselves what will be the donor’s reaction when I ask them for money.  We worry about how they will see me as a person and respond.  Whether we have experience in fundraising and many stories of success, or we are just starting out, these fears and conversations in our thoughts have happened or will happen. The […]

Continue reading

Teaching Generosity to Children

Cart, Meet Horse. Givers often ask, “How can I teach my children about generosity?” I have a few thoughts that involve a Risk game board, $400, and a few plane tickets. But first things first. The question isn’t really “How do we pass generosity to our children?” The question is “How do we pass the life-giving Gospel of Jesus to our children?” Once they grasp the Gospel, they can’t help but become givers. Through Generosity Path, I am blessed to serve wealthy Christians from all over the world. These givers ask how to disciple their children in generosity. I asked my […]

Continue reading

Telling Your Story

Fund Raising is all about telling our story in a manner that grips the people’s imagination. It needs to create excitement and thrill in the hearer. This obviously should not be manufactured, and needs to be a part of our organization. That means the same story needs to be with every member of the team so that they have the same excitement in all that they do. The organizations activity is not the story, nor are testimonies the story, but the pain of the people that is being addressed by the organization is the story. What is the specific suffering […]

Continue reading

Stewardship – The Gift and the Giver

Identify a need, establish a plan to meet that need, enlist financial support to carry out the plan, and demonstrate to investors the worthiness of their investment. This was the approach of D.L. Moody (Founder of the Moody Bible Institute). Biblical fundraising is about encouraging, challenging and inspiring God’s people to participate in God’s ministry and His purposes. We are to be participating in loving God and loving people: feeding the hungry, responding against injustice, helping the poor, giving the powerless dignity, and at the least sharing the Gospel. God has not left His people helpless or wanting in the […]

Continue reading

The Five ‘Rights’ for Raising Kingdom Resources

Many years ago I was asked to state what effective fundraising looked like in one sentence. Here is what I wrote: Having the right person ask the right giving partner for the right amount to support the right project at the right time. Over the years I have come to see how these five ‘rights’ form the foundation of a solid fund development program. Here is a brief look at each. Right Person In the preparation process it must be determined who is the best possible person or persons to approach each giving partner.  While most often the ‘right’ person will be […]

Continue reading

True Riches

What are true riches? To answer this question from a biblical perspective, we must turn to the source of the expression. On the heels of the parable of the shrewd steward, Luke recounts these words of Jesus: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? Luke 16:10-11 True riches come into view as the reward for stewards who handle unrighteous wealth or worldly possessions in line with the […]

Continue reading

Funding Kingdom Work In New Sending Contexts

As the locus of missionary-sending countries is transitioning to the Majority World, there is a pressing need to find avenues to fund those called to work in ministry in ways that will raise needed resources while simultaneously engaging local support and ownership. Wycliffe’s “Matching Funds Experiment” has produced some intriguing results for the global Church to consider. The experiment had two components. The first encompassed the sending of three consultants from various countries to do partnership development training for colleagues in three other countries. Our hope was to equip people to more effectively raise funds in their own contexts. How […]

Continue reading

Become a Disciple of Accountability

I recall experiences as a Financial Management Consultant where I would be evaluating a Christian Non-profit and I would ensure I would be there early enough to join the staff in their time of devotion and prayer and sometimes testimonies. Very enriching times indeed spiritually for me. However, as I went into my governance and financial management evaluation work, I would be shocked as the issue of accountability would surely rise. I would think it is an oversight or lack of knowledge but as I went on seeking explanations in most cases it was blatant lack of accountability. What happened […]

Continue reading

Importance of Fund Raisers Being Leaders

Fund Raisers are Leaders Often fund raisers have the wrong mindset to be effective for what God has called them to do. Instead of having the mindset of a leader they tend to have the mindset of a vendor selling a product. We need to change our mindset to that of a leader providing leadership to people. There are three approaches to fund raising, which I detail in my book “Art of Fund Raising”. One aims at the heart or the emotions of the donor and presents him a heart rending need faced by people and makes the appeal for funds. […]

Continue reading