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A Believer’s Call to Solve World Problems
When it comes to solving the world’s biggest problems, Christians should be leading the charge. Whether it is fighting human trafficking, providing access to clean water, or helping those in our communities affected by COVID-19, our mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus remains the same. Understanding what the Bible says about our role in solving world problems, as believers, frees us to live on mission and share the hope of Christ with a world in need. Here is a look at what the Bible says about solving world problems. What is our calling? Genesis 1:28 teaches us…Read More
How Do You Measure Your Ministry’s Impact?
Donors and stakeholders of any organization want to know their investment is reaping a harvest. In order to demonstrate success, your ministry must use a variety of metrics to show its impact. With so many different key performance indications (KPIs) available to you, what is the best way to communicate the impact of your ministry to stakeholders? Here is my recommendation: begin at the end. One year from now, what story do you want to tell? If you are writing your annual report, or you are on the phone with a major donor, what numbers indicate results? Be sure you…Read More
Radical Generosity in Times of Uncertainty
In this unprecedented season, our mission and call to live generously have never been stronger. The effects of the coronavirus continue to dominate the news cycle. Businesses and schools are shutting down for the foreseeable future, and many are choosing to practice social distancing to help limit the spread of the virus. This is not just a “season.” We are in the midst of a battle. As believers, this is not the time to shrink back. No, it is a call to arms, a beckoning to join the fight. Our response should be ground shaking, revolutionary generosity in times of…Read More
3 Common Questions on Business Interest Gifts
Whenever I speak or write about business sales and giving business interest gifts, I always emphasize the importance of giving BEFORE the sale of the business. Every year, I will receive a call from an advisor, attorney, or accountant saying, “My client is selling a business next week (or some other shorter time period). Can we still do a gift before the sale?” It happens often! In an attempt to answer this question, here are three quick pointers you should know: 1. Why is it important to gift business interest before a sale? By giving business interest to a donor…Read More
Writing Last Checks: Four Ways to Fight Human Trafficking
Houston, Texas, 2017. Super Bowl week. Dozens of women walked up and down the city’s notorious prostitution track. And they kept coming. A man pulled up in a white SUV, and three teenage girls piled out of the backseat. I was there for a human trafficking outreach with Exodus Cry, so after the car drove away, my team greeted them and asked where they were from. “I’m from Memphis.” “I’m from Chattanooga.” “They brought us in for the Super Bowl.” Other women on the street had similar stories. “I’m from Chicago.” “They’re taking me to Vegas after this.” Over the…Read More
Four Keys to a Development Culture
Over the past month, I have had several interactions with many service providers – a contractor, a design firm, two hospitals, several physician offices, a specialty retailer, and the list goes on. Suffice it to say, it has been a busy month. Almost immediately, after interacting with one of these businesses, I get a feel for its culture. I can sense whether they value teamwork, communication, and coordination, or if there is a bit of a siloed mentality, departmentalized thinking, and less fluid communication. These elements of culture have a way of overflowing into all aspects of business. What does…Read More