Faith Promise - systematic giving for world missions

PowerPoint: Missions Giving Through Faith Promise

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:

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

Name: ___________________________________________________


(Printed on back of card)

What regular, systematic giving will accomplish

A weekly gift of . . .
$ 5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
70
equals yearly
$260
520
780
1,040
1,300
1,560
1,820
2,080
2,340
2,600
2,860
3,380
3,640
A monthly gift of . . .
$ 10
20
25
35
45
50
60
70
75
80
85
95
100
equals yearly
$120
240
300
420
540
600
720
840
900
960
1,020
1,140
1,200

Print this card

This card available in PDF format.

Sample of another card

Check out this card used by The Fellowship at Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City.

Oswald Smith, pastor of People's Church in Toronto, Canada, publicized the phrase "Faith Promise" to describe his asking the people of his congregation to make an annual financial and prayer commitment or pledge to world evangelism. The idea was born out of his own experience of feeling that God was asking him to give more than he thought he could give.

Front of sample Faith Promise commitment card

Faith Promise commitment card sample

Back of sample Faith Promise commitment card

Faith Promise commitment card sample

How does a church go about calculating a Faith Promise goal?

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"The present global financial situation is a good opportunity for us to examine our ways, to repent of our greed and wastefulness, amd to reassess our stewardship practices. However, it is also an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate faith and trust in God's radical generosity. One way we do this is by giving freely, not withholding or hoarding. God delights in a cheerful giver because He is a cheerful giver. As we trust Him we become like Him!" -- Daniel Psaute, Nazarene missionary

     -- Howard Culbertson


Faith Promise event resources:    Sample brochure    Bulletin inserts    World missions responsive Bible readings   Commitment cards:    Sample 2   Sample 3    Children's card    ebook chapter on Faith Promise    Guidelines for success     Recipes from Haiti   Sample budget     Budget visual

Themes     Bible themes   Use a phrase from a song   Other suggestions

Missions music possibilities:   Classics    Contemporary    Songs in many languages

10/40 Window    Seeking God's will?     African martyr's commitment     Mission trip fund-raising     Ten ways to ruin mission trips

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?

How to have a successful Faith Promise Convention

NextWhat does it take for a Faith Promise Convention or Missions Conference to be successful?

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 at the address agove with your theme. As for suggestions, why not use a song title? Check out these lists of contemporary songs and classic missions hymns.

Faith Promise and Beyond: Unlocking the Resources of the Church to Help Fulfill the Great Commission by Keith Brown

Have more questions about Faith Promise?

Check out the Faith Promise FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions) [ more ]