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God’s Funding Method

We know that God is the owner and therefore, the provider of everything that is needed to fund His Kingdom work on earth. However, He uses people to mobilize His resources and accomplish His purposes. The book of Nehemiah makes a great case study for God’s funding method. God was pleased to use Nehemiah to organize one of the biggest capital campaigns: a building plan to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. Have you ever been involved in a huge…

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The Purpose of the Tithe

It is important to note that throughout the Scriptures, two kinds of giving are consistently taught: compulsory—required or mandatory giving (as to the government in the form of taxes) and voluntary—when giving to God (as an offering) and to charity. The misunderstanding stems from the nature of the Old Testament tithes. Israel then had a theocratic government with the Levitical priests acting as the civil government. One of the purposes of the tithe then was to: Fund the priesthood. These…

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The Poor Give More

  (an upside-down world!) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. (2 Cor. 8:2-4) The Macedonian church were the first to respond with their gifts to the troubled church in Jerusalem. They were not…

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Dealing with the common fear of fundraising

  Fear about fundraising come from a mindset that says it is an embarrassing act. People fear that donors will say no and they will be rejected. Questions such as, “What if I fail to raise the fundraising target?” plague many fundraisers. You also hear comments such as, “Fundraising is a necessary evil, but it has to be done because we need money to fund ministry programs.” Those are common apprehensions and misconceptions about fundraising that lead to fear among…

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Should You Encourage Your Members to Give Externally

  God is an extravagant giver! As Christians, we should realize the nature of God. One of the attributes of God is generosity. Being generous means the quality of being kind, and not being selfish. It is the willingness to help give money or other things of value. God is also gracious; He loves to shower us with blessings even if we do not deserve them. And being God's children, first and foremost, we should reflect the same nature of…

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Measuring Fundraising Success

  Traditional fundraising measures success in terms of meeting targets: amount of money raised, return on investment (ROI), increase in giving and donor data base. All these are not bad, but if these are the only measure of success, then we are merely transactional and not transformational fundraisers. A transformational fundraiser shifts from transaction fundraising to transformation fundraising. They are the first to be transformed in their mindset about the giver of resources—God—and the fundraiser’s role as sower of seeds…

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Church Vision & Mission

Talking about Vision & Mission is not uncommon amongst Church Leaders, but what is less common is ensuring the Vision & Mission are built so robustly that they have a genuine impact on the Church. Let's explore the 'how' of Church Mission & Vision. Your Church Mission What is a mission? Your mission is your purpose as a Church and why you exist. It can be broken into three important and distinct parts: WHAT you do; WHO you do it for; HOW you…

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How To Fundraise Over the Phone

Fundraise over the phone, it is common among educational institutions who want to keep alumni involved. When I was at Regent University in the USA as a student, I would volunteer in the annual alumni phone-a-thon. It is one of the programs the school use to touch base with its graduates and to invite them to support the university. It not only helps update the information about the alumni but it also provides them a giving opportunity to make a financial…

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The Concept of Firstfruits

Along with the principle of tithing is that of "firstfruits." They go hand in hand. In Proverbs 3:9, the Israelites were commanded to “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops.” But what exactly are firstfruits? Leviticus 23:9-14 institutes the firstfruits offering. The people were to bring a sheaf of grain to the priest, who would wave it before the Lord. A burnt offering, a meal offering, and a drink offering were also required at that…

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A Biblical View of Money

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew6:24 Money is the number one competitor of our devotion to God. The Lord knows that the love of money and material things can easily distract our attention and focus on God. That is probably why there are more verses in the Bible that speak about…

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