God’s calling on your life

We need to communicate to major donors and prospects that achieving God’s purpose for you in the Kingdom does not mean leaving your business, directing your skills toward working in a charitable organization, or doing something for which you are not designed to do.

God’s calling on your life is simply for you to be the best business leader you can be.

Use your position to influence employees, vendors, and community and business associates.

Use your talents to create Kingdom capital and cash flow to finance the Gospel.

Partner with a ministry to create leverage in your business and in your giving.

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15 Jun 2017

Prayer power…

Prayer power

 

Donors are tuned in to the power of prayer.

Many think of their prayers for the ministry as a significant part of their support for the ministry. The oft-repeated concept of “your prayers and giving” is not an empty cliché with these donors. They take it seriously.

If anything, our communications with donors need to reinforce the importance, the value, of their prayers in support of the ministry.

After asking donors to pray with the ministry about a certain need, share the outcomes — the answers to prayer — in a newsletter or other communication device.

But prayer can go in the opposite direction, too — toward the donor.

We have seen donor relationships dramatically strengthened when a ministry establishes a strategy of what we call “prayer bonding.”

  • Begin with whatever portion is affordable of their donors who have given more than once in the past 12 months.
  • Break this list into 12 monthly segments (or 52 weekly segments if that works better).
  • Distribute the names among staff members, with instructions to pray for these donors on a monthly (or weekly) basis, perhaps in a staff meeting.
  • In that month (or week), send a letter to those donors — a smallish, perhaps monarch-sized letter, with no request for a gift — thanking them for the difference they are making for and through the ministry, and letting them know that you prayed for them.
  • Enclose no reply device or reply envelope.

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Faithful stewardship

 

In 1 Timothy 6, Paul addresses people who want to be wealthy.

A few verses later, he talks about those who already are.

Paul’s consistent message about the stewardship of God-given resources, financial or otherwise: Examine your attitude. ‘Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,’ he says in verse 17.

What should their attitude be? He recommends that they place their hope in God, not in their wealth. ‘Command them to do good,’ he continues, ‘to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.’ The Scriptures themselves call on major donors to give.

The wealthy are repeatedly challenged to be quick to give. Be always ready to share what they have with others.

Those who are ‘rich’ are to not have their sights set on their ‘riches’; they are called to put their hope in Christ who ‘richly provides.

 

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There is joy in giving!

 

Why should you ask donors to give to your ministry?

Simply, as well as being a command from the Lord to give, it feels good to give!

In 1 Chronicles 29:16-19, we see the flow of joyful giving. God honors us when we give. This isn’t just an intellectual benefit.

It feels good. It generates joy!

It was David’s pleasure to know that God was pleased with what he had done in His name. Inspiring others to give brings joy into the lives of donors. 

 

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Development Success…

 

What does development success depend on? A number of principles, but perhaps most importantly a certain three.

1. First and foremost, following the call of God. What has God called you to do? What is your organization’s mission? Your entire team — including the “development people” — must share a passion for that mission. You need a team of people with one heart.

2. It’s also crucial that your ministry be committed to operating on biblical principles: integrity, fairness, paying bills on time, and a refusal to over-extend credit in the name of doing more for God. The finances are available to do all that God is calling you to do as you work in accordance with these principles of Scripture. (It’s wise, too, to establish a public image of moderation without sacrificing quality — rather than the extreme of either lavishness or poverty.)

3. Third, it’s important to properly understand the development process, which includes investing enough capital in people, in training, to succeed, and then committing to the process so it has time to work.

These three fundamentals sound simple enough, yet in many ministries we find that only the first — responding to the call of God to some specific service or ministry in His name — is alive and well.

 

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Stewards of God-given resources

 

Albert Einstein said that compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.

Money makes money — and the money that money makes makes money. The sooner money is invested, the longer it has to compound; and in later years, an amazing synergy takes place, causing the assets to swell.

This same concept applies to our work as stewards of God-given resources.

When we invest as much as we can into the Kingdom as we go through life, people are reached with the Gospel. These people should also go out and invest money in ministry, and also share the Gospel themselves, and create spiritual offspring who can do likewise.

How about the people who planted the seed of the Gospel in the lives of our great evangelists?

Someone was supporting a pastor or evangelist who led these people to the Lord. What a harvest has followed their investment!

There was a shoe salesman living above the shoe store who invested his life and shared the Gospel with D.L. Moody. What spiritual compounding has been credited to his heavenly account?

 

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