Raising money for missions
"The number one factor that leads to God's blessing and revival is radical generosity!" -- Bill Johnson
Is it important that we give regularly by the week or month?
For most of us . . . yes. Most wage earners find it easier to give weekly or monthly rather than in occasional large lump sums. Regular giving also helps us remember to pray for world evangelism. [ more on prayer ]
Are Faith Promises pledges?
No. A Faith Promise is not a pledge. It is an agreement with God to be personally involved in ministry to others around the world through giving beyond tithing. The amount is determined after earnest prayer. Faith Promise is not a tithe; it is an offering of thanks.
If it is systematic giving that fits into one's budget, where is the sense of joyful sacrifice in the Faith Promise plan of missions giving?
The joy is in seeing God working, seeing the needs supplied and in realizing that we have entered into a partnership with God.
C.S. Lewis said it well: "The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare." [ . . . more questions and answers on Faith Promise ]
Sample Faith Promise commitment card
Here's text for a response card (sometimes called pledge cards) that can be used by church members during a local church Faith Promise missionary convention. This particular card was printed front and back on a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ card.
(Printed on front of card)
My Faith Promise for world missions
In sacred trust, total dependence and faith believing, I choose to give by faith so the world may know His grace, experience His love and surrender to His Lordship. I am trusting God to enable me to:
- _____ Pray daily for world missions
- _____Fast one meal per week for world evangelism
- _____Give financially to the support of Nazarene World Missions.
I understand that my Faith Promise commitment (the amount I'm promising to give) is for the 2000-01 church year.
Please fill out this card and write the total yearly amount you plan to give in the space below.
Total to be given in one year ________(see chart)
Check method of contribution: ___ Weekly ___ Monthly ___ Lump sum payment
(Printed on back of card)
What regular, systematic giving will accomplish
A weekly gift of
A monthly gift of
Print this card
This card available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format [ click here ]
Sample of another card
Check out this card used by Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City [ sample card ]
Need decorating stuff for a missions dinner or event?
Liven up your missions conference events. How about some Chinese fortune cookies with scripture verses inside or paper place-mats which follow a country theme? [ Click here ]
How to have a successful Faith Promise Convention
What does it take for a Faith Promise Convention or Missions Conference to be successful?[ click here ]
Faith Promise themes: What theme or slogan did you use this year for your Faith Promise Convention? I'd like to post a collection of themes here. E-mail me with your theme. As for suggestions, why not use a song title? Check out contemporary songs [ click here ] and classic hymns [ click here ].
Have more questions about Faith Promise?
Check out the Faith Promise FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) [ read more ]
Howard Culbertson, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th, Bethany, OK 73008 | Phone: 405-491-6693 - Fax: 405-491-6658
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