World Missions Faith Promise FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions on Faith Promise, a system of giving to global evangelism
"They gave of themselves as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. . . .
See that you also excel in this grace of giving. . . . Your plenty will supply what they need"-- 2 Corinthians 8:3, 7, 14
- 1. What is Faith Promise?
Faith Promise is way of systematically supporting world evangelism efforts. Rather
than waiting to respond to individual appeals as they come along, believers ask the Lord how
much they should give to missions over the next year. They then commit to that annual total as a
"Faith Promise." Faith Promise thus turns global missions giving into something strategic rather
than something sporadic.
- 2. Is there a scriptural basis for Faith Promise missions giving?
Faith Promise giving makes us channels of blessing.
In His covenant with Abraham, God said that through Abraham's descendants, "all peoples of the
earth would be blessed." (Genesis 12:3) Faith Promise giving is a way of handing on the
- Faith Promise giving is more than one can afford (II Corinthians 8:2-3, II Corinthians
9:6-15) [ Wartime stewardship ] [
Creative frugality ]
- Faith Promise giving reflects our personal commitments (II Corinthians 8:5)
- Though Faith Promise giving is optional, it does clearly demonstrate our love (Philippians
2:1-4; Luke 6:38, Romans 12:9-10)
- 3. Who should give to Faith Promise?
Everyone! Children and youth may have less money
than adults, but it's crucial to train them in systematic giving and faith living.
- 4. What's the relationship between Faith Promise and paying a tithe?
Faith Promise giving is over and above the tithe.
Tithing is a clear scriptural principle, dating back to the earliest pages of Genesis. Tithing
recognizes God's ownership over me and all that I have.
In practical terms, tithe money runs the local church and its
ministries. Faith Promise is a way for us give specifically to reaching the unreached of the
world. Faith Promise giving tangibly expresses my desire that the whole world know the Good
- 5. How do I get the funds to fulfill my Faith Promise?
God may increase your income.
God may decrease your expenses.
God may lead you to sacrifice. [ Wartime stewardship ]
- 6. Do I give my Faith Promise before I get it?
A Faith Promise is a FAITH commitment. Promise
only what you believe God wants to give through you. Then trust God to be faithful in this
Your Faith Promise involvement says that you believe:
- World evangelism is vital to accomplishing the mission of the church
- The gospel can change lives
- Giving, although important, is secondary to faith and praying
- God will help pay the amount promised
- 7. How do I decide how much my Faith Promise should be?
- Study the scriptures.
- Total up your giving to world evangelism for last year.
- Increase that total by a reasonable percentage.
- Divide the total by 52 or 26 or 12 (weekly, bi-monthly or monthly) contributions) according
to your individual pay schedule. [ Giving chart ]
- Prayerfully again consider the amount you can faithfully purpose to give. (II Corinthians
9:7). Do not be surprised at what God lays on your heart. Just be obedient.
- Fill out a Faith Promise Card, indicating your Faith and Promise [ see sample card ]
- 8. How do I give the money for my Faith Promise?
Give regularly if you can. Missionaries need regular
support. Some Faith Promises, however, depend on annual, one-time income. These can be paid
when those monies are received.
- 9. Is this a pledge and will I be notified of my progress?
This is a promise to God, not a pledge to the church.
Your Faith Promise amount is between you and God. No one will notify you or keep track of
your progress toward your commitment.
- 10. Who can make a Faith Promise?
Anyone who wants to trust God and who wants to be
used of God to get the Good News to the unreached can make a Faith Promise commitment
(Luke 6:38, Proverbs 11:24-25). Youth and children are encouraged to participate in Faith
- 11. How long does my Faith Promise commitment last?
Generally, Faith Promise commitments are made once
a year during a missions conference or convention. The weekly or monthly or annual
commitments extend for one year from that time.
- 12. Is Faith Promise a pledge I commit to pay even if my income goes down during the
Faith Promises differ from other kinds of giving such
as pledges. Pledges are largely horizontal since they are made to a church or some other worthy
cause. Pledges are often the basis on which a church takes out a loan to do a construction
project. Faith Promise giving is more vertical, since it is made between the believer and the
- 13. Why do I have to sign my name if this is a commitment I'm making to God?
Signing your name is optional. However, indicating
name and amount allows you opportunity to express your Faith and your Promise. It is a way of
saying to God: "This is me, Lord. Count on me."
- 14. What is the advantage of Faith Promise giving?
One major advantage in giving to missions on a per
week or per month basis is that you can give far more to missions that way than you can by
giving one or two big sacrificial gifts per year (at least that's be the experience of our family).
Faith Promise enables you to give to missions in amounts that reflect what you'd like to do but
probably could not in just one or two big annual offerings. Faith Promise enables you to reach
out to the unreached on a regular basis (rather than just one or two special occasions during the
- 15. Is Faith Promise the only way I can participate in missions giving?
Not everyone chooses to give weekly or monthly through Faith Promise. Local
usually offer other offering opportunities for them throughout the year. [ see suggested monthly emphases ] Those participating in
Faith Promise giving may choose to give additional offerings at these times in response to the
- 16. Can you suggest a theme for our Faith Promise convention?
Choose a song title
Choose a scripture theme
Choose from what others have used
- 17. Are there scriptural foundations for Faith Promise?
For me, Faith Promise is the "how" of fulfilling a significant part of my responsibility
for world evangelism. When I talk to congregations, it's not about how Faith Promise is
commanded in Scripture, but how God's people are to be His instruments to take the gospel to
the unreached corners of the earth. Check out this listing of
So, the question is: How do I respond? Do I respond with that small change that's
currently in my pocket? Do I respond with what I think I can "afford" on
a particular Sunday. When my wife and I were first married, the church we were in raised most
of its world evangelism giving in two big offerings: Easter and Thanksgiving. My wife and
would suddenly realize the Easter offering was two weeks away and we would grab our
checkbook. Since, like most families, we spend whatever comes in each month, there never was
much there. Even when it seemed like we gave sacrificially and made out a check for every
single penny in our account, the amount was never all that much. When our church moved to the
Faith Promise system of missions giving and began urging us to give on a weekly or monthly
basis (however we got paid), we started ratcheting our giving up to the level of giving where we
really wanted to be. In fact, we now just simply double-tithe: 10% to the local church and 10%
to world evangelism. That level of missions giving would have been unthinkable for us if we
tried to give it all in a couple of big offerings a year.
Thus, for us, Faith Promise has simply been a way of doing what
we feel God wants us to do. Scripture tells us in a variety of ways that He wants us to be a
giving people. He also wants us, as spiritual children of Abraham, to be involved in that
Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12 of seeing that "all nations will be blessed." Our involvement
in Faith Promise grows from a very pragmatic way for us to respond to God's desire that people
in all nations (or people groups) come to know Him.
"Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to
you." Luke 6:38
A productive investment of world missions money
Pierre Madsen went to St. Michel de l'Attalaye fresh out of Haiti's Nazarene Bible College.
Pierre had gone to that Haitian town with the challenge of planting a new church.
To fund the church planting project, the Haiti North Central District had offered Pierre $100
per month. This monthly subsidy from the World Evangelism Fund would last a maximum of
three years. That meant that within three years Pierre had to find a way to support himself, his
family, and the new congregation.
It would not be easy. As Pierre rode in the back of a truck into St. Michel for the first time,
he knew th at he and his new wife would face some lonely days. The district superintendent had
told him that, as far as he knew. Pierre and his wife would be the first Nazarenes to live in that
entire valley. Pierre would not have the advantage of a core of longtime Nazarenes transferring
from nearby congregations to help him. He would be starting from "scratch" with only three years
of minimal financial help.
Haiti's extreme poverty would make reaching total self-support in 36 months a difficult goal
to reach. As Pierre and his wife went to St. Michel de l'Attalaye, they were clearly taking a
step of faith.
Six years went by. Then one day, I saw Pierre on the campus of Haiti Nazarene Bible
College. He had come to the capital city to complete paperwork for a government license for
his church's elementary school. I recognized him and walked over to where he was talking with
"How's it going, Pierre?" I asked.
"Oh," he said rather m atter-of-factly, "OK."
He paused. Then a smile lit up his face. "Well," he said, "actually, it's going really well! Our
elementary school is about to get a government license. Exciting as that is, it's only part of what
the Holy Spirit has been doing. Not long ago," he said, "a registered nurse found the
Lord at our altar. W ith her help, we've started a small dispensary. So we're saving souls and also
healing bodies. Then, the biggest news of all is that the Lord has enabled us to start five other
churches in the surrounding mountains. God has so used us to transform lives and situations
in that valley that people have begun to call it 'Nazarene Valley.' "
"What a bargain," I thought to myself as Pierre finished his story. Six churches, a school, and
a dispensary -- all for a three-year investment of $100 per month. That particular World
Evangelism Fund investment paid some impressive dividends.
Because you gave!
Faith Promise bulletin insert by Oswald Smith
Faith Promise event resources: Sample brochure Bulletin inserts
cards: Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample
3 Sample 4 Children's card
"Gving more with less
pain" -- a book chapter explaining Faith Promise
Guidelines for success
Recipe from Haiti Sample
budget Budget visual
Bible themes Use a
phrase from a song
World missions music
Contemporary Songs in
Window Seeking God's will?
African martyr's commitment
Mission trip fundraising Ten ways to
ruin mission trips