Barnabas Foundation offers a variety of educational, planning and marketing resources to support your church or ministry’s stewardship and planned giving efforts.

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  • Distribution Request Form

    Charities can be changed at any time by submitting a new Distribution Request form to Barnabas Foundation.

    Distribution requests may be made for any 501(c)(3) organization with a mission consistent with Christian values. A list of member organizations will be provided upon request.

    Forms & Information, Forms

    Barnabas Foundation requires a recommendation regarding disposition of any remaining assets in your Stewards Fund account upon the death of the surviving primary advisor. Please use this form to inform us of the charities you would like to receive the balance of your account or provide us with the individuals you would have serve as successor advisors.

  • Donor Recommendation of Investment Allocation

  • Download Barnabas Foundation’s Stewards Fund Quick-Reference Guide

    To view the Stewards Fund Quick-Reference Guide, please download.

    Forms & Information, Policies

    This policy provides details on how the Stewards Fund operates. Our Stewards Fund is a donor-advised fund. It provides an excellent opportunity to meet a donor’s charitable giving goals with the flexibility to ensure that their gifts are used most effectively.

  • Estate Plan Completion Form

    This form is to be completed once you have signed all of your Estate Planning documents.

    Forms & Information, Forms

    This form is to be completed once you have signed all of your Estate Planning documents.

  • Faith and Giving in Practice

    Combining the biblical principles of generosity with the practical skills of financial literacy is no small feat! 

    In this webinar, Dr. Gary G. Hoag, known widely as the “Generosity Monk,” will offer insight on how to promote powerful giving in your church. He’ll also discuss his recently released book “Good and Faithful: Ten Stewardship Lessons for Everyday Living,” sharing how he designed this resource for pastors and church leaders to build generous stewards. 

    Together, we’ll explore… 
    • The biblical perspective on wealth and its purpose 
    • The spiritual dimension of debt 
    • What saving says about our relationship with God 

  • Faith Based Family Finances by Ron Blue with Jeremy White

    Faithbased Family Finances

    The Complete Guide to Faith-Based Family Finances could be described as "the bible" of Christian financial management. Author Ron Blue describes his 600-page book as "by far the most comprehensive financial book I've ever written" - which says a lot considering he is a nationally recognized author of 13 books. With the help of co-author and CPA Jeremy White, Faith-Based Family Finances is a compilation of Blue's 30-plus years of wisdom and experience as one of America's most respected financial advisors.


    • Faith-Based Family Finances is unique from other money management books - Christian and secular - in that it aims to take the reader far beyond solving a specific financial problem in their life, such as getting out of debt. Rather, it is a "book of encouragement to those who want a proper perspective and plan for managing resources entrusted to them by God," says author Ron Blue. The aim, he says, is to give the reader more contentment, less stress about their financial future, and to help them leave a financial and spiritual legacy.
    • Also notable are the endorsements this book received from trusted national Christian leaders. A few examples: Dave Ramsey praised Ron Blue's unique understanding of God's way of handling money. Chuck Colson described Blue's book as a "solid, biblical view of financial planning." Family Life president Dennis Rainey praised Faith-Based Family Finances for being "comprehensive." And Pastor Andy Stanley predicted this book will be a "resource families will turn to again and again."
    • The "Big Picture" section provides a solid, biblical approach to financial decision making. The topics addressed here apply to everyone, and lay the foundation for the rest of the book, as well as the financial planning of the reader. This section also separates this book from the pack of financial advice books in that careful attention is given to the "why" of money management before the "how-to" questions are explored. 
    • The "Life Stages" section makes this book unique among Christian money management books in that it offers in-depth financial advice for various stages in the reader's life cycle (i.e. young couples, families, retirement, estate planning, etc.). This helpful categorization goes beyond addressing specific issues (i.e. getting out of debt) and instead integrates a long-term view, giving readers a useful resource that they can refer back to for years to come. 
    • The "Financial Topics and Strategies" offers in-depth insights on a range of "real life" issues - such as taxes, investing, insurance, and choosing a financial advisor. But once again, this book goes beyond what you would expect to see in a typical money management book and offers practical, biblical wisdom on topics such as giving until it feels good, communicating more effectively with your spouse about money, women's work at home and in the workplace, and financial considerations for singles. 
    • The "Bringing it All Home" section provides final thoughts on topics such as consumer protections and saving for college. Additional resources are also provided, with brief descriptions of various helps on topics such as debt, estate planning, financial planning, giving, kids, software, and more. 

    Things to be aware of

    At first glance, this book can appear overwhelming (as previously mentioned, it contains 600 pages!). The book is laid out well, however, with bite-size nuggets, stories, and graphs for easy reading. While some may attempt to read this excellent book from cover to cover, it is probably most useful as a reference guide that can be used for a lifetime.

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  • Generous Giving

    The” Joy of Generosity” devotions are designed for church leaders to use in their regularly scheduled meetings to help them as leaders meditate on God’s plan for whole-life stewardship and facilitate a stewardship mindset in their churches.
    There are three sets of devotions to choose from in the “Joy of Generosity” series:
    1) Biblical Principles – 7 devotionals
    2) Money Matters – 5 devotionals
    3) Generous Giving- 7 devotionals
    These devotions were developed by Barnabas Foundation ( and are adapted from “The Joy of Generosity” (HomeLink series) written by Robert C. Heerspink and released by Faith Alive Christian Resources (

    Devotions play a key role in moving our hearts and minds into a receptive attitude.  Their impact on our growth as “good stewards” can be significant, as the opportunities to select appropriate devotions for specific groups expands.  We’ve selected some of the best resources available to guide you in this area.

  • Handling Our Wealth

    Part 1:  Every Single Cent

    These scripture passages highlight four principles: 

    1)    God is the owner of everything.

    2)    We are to be generous with the treasure entrusted to us.

    3)    We are to prudently manage our treasure.

    4)    Our treasure can be dangerous if not handled responsibly before God.

    The first and foundational principle is that God is the source of everything.  He owns it all.  We are his managers.   

    We really own absolutely nothing in God’s eyes. Every cent, every possession is God’s. This is quite contrary to the “me” culture that teaches us to think this is my house, my car, my bank account.   Recognizing God’s ownership of all things is critical in allowing Him to become Lord of our money and our possessions. This may seem limiting, but it is really liberating. 

    Strange as it seems, money and possessions, which should be among the blessings of life, have tied more people in knots, caused more failed marriages, and sent more people to the psychiatrist than we’ll ever know.  This is largely because many people live by their pocketbook and try to fulfill their lives with things, finding it easy to act as if God doesn’t exist in this area of their lives.  Slowly the mindset can develop that, “I worked hard for what I have, and it’s mine to do as I choose.”

    We cannot own something without it owning us. We lose joy and a sense of freedom if we try to play God.  He owns.  We manage.   When we pursue the created instead of the Creator, we create our own materialistic god. 

    Giving a meaningful percentage of one’s income is a step in the right direction. Why?  Because it helps a person to develop a right perspective that all our money, ability, our very lives, belong to God.  These are trusts from God to be used as He would have them used.  It frees us from faithless fear and results in an indescribable freedom that can never come to those who think they must do everything for themselves. 

    We acknowledge God’s existence and His ownership of everything by using God’s resources for furthering God’s kingdom.   It shifts our interest from earth to heaven — from self to God.  It is investing for eternity.  In the next few issues of this newsletter, we will explore our responsibility in handling our treasure effectively and generously and the dangers that are present if we do not act responsibly.

    What Does Scripture Say?

    The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. Ps. 24:1

    “The silver is mine and the gold is mine”, declares the Lord Almighty.  Haggai 2:8

    You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”  But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.  Deut. 8:17-18

    Part 2:  A Little Bit More

    “Dear Lord, bless the labor of our hands, because you know, Lord, if we had just a little bit more, we could give more to those in need.”

    And when God answers that prayer, time and again He is disappointed.  Polls suggest that as the income of Christians goes up, the percent of giving goes down.  The dreams of society collide with the vision of God’s kingdom.  Sometimes we get caught up in the idea of a little bit more.  “If I just had a little bit more, I could afford to be more generous.”  However, true generosity is rooted in habits of the heart, not in the bank balance.

    But God remains undeterred. Again and again He floods us with blessings, hoping to trigger a hearty, generous and exuberant response to His love. It is such a joy for Him to give that He wants us to experience that same sense of joy and fulfillment – the excitement of living in His image.

    You see, He really doesn’t need our money. It is all His anyway. If He needs a program funded, a hungry mouth fed or a home for the homeless, He can just as easily make it happen without us. But when that happens, we are the losers.

    We have lost the opportunity to experience the joy and fulfillment of helping one of His children, the kind of experience He finds so thrilling. We have carelessly thrown away an opportunity to become more like Him.

    There is much work to be done that will be accomplished with our generous giving.  During this time of the year, as we recognize that He has given us “a little bit more,” keep in mind the kind of joy He hopes that little bit more will bring to us. 

    What Does Scripture Say?

    “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  Malachi 3:10

    In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35 

    Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

     2 Corinthians 9:7

    Part 3:  Good and Faithful

    Jesus taught us that you can learn a great deal about people by how they use their resources.  In fact, He told a parable that addresses this very issue in Matthew 25.  It is the Parable of the Talents.  It is about being faithful with what God has given to each of us.

    What is the standard for success in managing God’s gifts to us?  God’s standard is faithfulness.  We have a responsibility to handle our wealth effectively.

    Listen to the voice of the Master: “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful…” (vs. 21); and again in vs. 23, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful...” Understand that God is not looking for quantity as the measure of success here.  God gave to each servant  “each to his ability ... to one He gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent.” (vs. 15). 

    The master knew each of his servants well.  He knew what they were capable of managing. The faithful steward is responsible for what he or she has, whether it is little or much.  As someone once said, “It’s not what I would do if one million dollars were my lot; it’s what I am doing with the ten dollars I’ve got.”  

    Interestingly, the servant who was given two talents received the same reward as the servant who was given five talents. They used those talents in their Master’s best interest. It was the third servant who did not act in the Master’s best interest.   He did nothing to increase his Master’s money.

    The way we handle our wealth can also honor God.  Honor the Lord with your wealth…” Prov. 3:9.  How do we best do that?

    We honor God by managing what we have; timely payment of bills, prudent management of debt, saving for emergencies, saving for retirement and wise investing.  

    We also honor the Lord by generous giving.  Giving a cup of cold water in His name is demonstrating His love to those in need.

    A final way we can honor God at the end of our lives is in the distribution of our estate.  This is a time we can make a significant statement to our loved ones about our priorities while continuing the work of God’s kingdom after we are gone.

    Are you effectively handling your wealth?  Open your checkbook. It is the ultimate test of your heart’s desire.   Are you honoring God by your investments in eternity?  Your answers will determine the direction of your life and your final reward. 

    What Does Scripture Say?

    Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.  I Cor. 4:2

    Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.  (Parable of the Talents—Matt. 25:14-30) 

    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matt. 6:19-21

    Part 4:  The Dangers of Wealth

    The first 3 parts of “Handling Our Wealth” focused on what the Bible has to say about dealing with our wealth and possessions.  Three principles have been highlighted:

    ·      God is the owner of everything.

    ·      We are to be generous with what has been entrusted to us.

    ·      We are to prudently manage what has been entrusted to us.

    In this final article in the series, we will look at the dangers of wealth. 

    Like many things in life, wealth is relative. When we read the word “wealth”, we may not think this applies to us.  We are not Bill Gates, perhaps we don’t have a stock portfolio, or maybe even the idea of putting together a vacation in the sun is a remote possibility.   However, as middle-class Americans, we really are among the very richest people in the world.  If you're really curious about that, go to and type in your household income. Be prepared to be shocked by how rich you are by world standards.

    Whatever the level of our wealth, it is significant because it is a trust from God.  However, the power and influence of money can cause harm if we let our possessions possess our hearts.  The Bible warns about dangers that come with wealth.

    It is easy to think that what we have gives our lives value, satisfaction or security.  It can become a measure of comparing ourselves to others.  Do we want others to evaluate us on our income, our profession or what we own?  A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.  Luke 12:15b.  Chasing wealth for the purpose of self-gratification never satisfies.  Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. Eccl. 5:10

    Another danger is misguided trust.  It is easy to trust in our assets instead of allowing God to fill our lives with what we really need.  Our security shifts to the temporal rather than the unseen, eternal promises of God.  When you get down to it, stewardship is not about giving, it is about trust. It’s relinquishing control of something that is so much a part of our daily lives.  God promises to meet our needs, but we need to step aside and allow Him to do so.  We need to have enough trust in God that we leave room for obedience when we sense God calling us to something out of the ordinary.

    Finally, we hinder God’s plan and purpose when we fail to use our resources in the way that God intends.  We live on a groaning planet that needs the love of God in tangible ways.  Half of our world – three billion people—live on less than $2 a day ( Millions of people have never even heard the Word of God.  As someone said, “I believe that God’s people possess God’s provisions to accomplish and fulfill God’s purposes in the world.”   

    Do we take Jesus seriously when he warns how hard it will be for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven?  Wealth, in itself, is not wrong. It is our attitude towards wealth that matters most to God.  Do we see it as God’s gift to us to manage in His best interest? Simply put, we are to use our wealth, money and resources in this present life with an eye on eternity.  We are to invest what God has given us now to accomplish His long-term goals.  What a responsibility.  What a privilege!

    From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Luke 12:48b

    What Does Scripture Say?

    People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  I Tim. 6:9-10

    Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  I Tim. 6:17-18

    Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.  This too is meaningless.  I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost though some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Eccl. 5:10, 13-14

    Money affects every aspect of our lives.  It is one of the acid tests of character and so it is not surprising that scripture has a lot to say about it. 

    Did you know that there are over 2,300 verses in the Bible that deal with our possessions?  Jesus knew how important it was to talk about since two-thirds of his parables address the topic.  Why is money and our possessions such an issue for God?  The way we handle our money doesn’t just affect us in our pocketbook, it affects us spiritually.  How we handle our money affects our relationship with the Lord.

  • How to Strengthen Stewardship in Your Church

    This webinar discusses how to strengthen stewardship in your church with Bruce Barkhauer.

  • In God We Trust - Kids (K-5)


    • One of the most striking things about this program is how well it uses a fun, high-energy lesson format to communicate solid, Bible-based financial principles. 
    • Getting started is easy with a short, humorous instructional video that walks leaders through the lesson format (with shots of kids in class) and a single-sheet "Quick Start" guide. 
    • The DVD lessons are masterfully done with cutting-edge music and videography that would appeal to kids. Real-life situations are used to set up the lesson (i.e. a couple of boys playing a video game on the couch). And the Bible stories are creatively told (i.e. a guy walks through a toy store looking at toys while telling the Bible story of the rich man who couldn't part with his stuff). 
    • A thoughtfully-produced CD-ROM includes a step-by-step leader's guide, in-class games, and take-home cards for the refrigerator and personal meditation time. 
    • One of the best ways to evaluate a program is from people who have used it. Below are selected quotes from a church that experienced a great blessing using In God We Trust:
    • "The material was extremely user friendly and our volunteers loved using it."
    • "In God We Trust made it so easy to understand [stewardship] that even the adults were making comments that they wish it could be taught this way in 'Big church.'" 
    • “You could see and hear the children responding to what they were being taught.”
    • “The feedback from parents was very positive...."The Fridge" and "God Time" cards were very effective and actually provided a great way for parents to continue teaching their children at home during the week." 
    • "Thanks for teaching my kids that my truck is not really mine.” (they graciously informed me that it was really God’s truck).

    Things to be aware of

    • The Crown web site suggests a companion resource entitled "Family Times Virtue Pack" (sold separately) that parents and children can also do at home. This may not be necessary, however, as the In God We Trust kit provides ample quality resources for home use. 
    • Although the kit includes a wealth of high-quality materials (and Crown likely invested significant resources in this project), the cost of the program may be a concern for some (as of this writing it is priced at $150). The tangible products you receive in the mail are 1 DVD, 3 CDs, and Quick Start Guide - everything else you download and print yourself (including the game board for one of the in-class games).

    In God We Trust is an engaging 4-week DVD-based curriculum from Crown Financial Ministries that teaches kids (kindergarten to fifth grade) how to give, save, and spend money wisely.

  • Instructions for Transferring Securities to Barnabas Foundation

    Below are the instructions to transfer your gift of securities to Barnabas Foundation:

    DTC: 0385, E*Trade Securities, LLC

    For the Account of: Barnabas Foundation, EIN #36-2904503

    Account Number: 5550-3250

    E*Trade Contact:

    Phone: 1.800.503.9260

    The gift amount for charitable donation purposes will be the average of the high and low price per share for the donated shares on the day we receive them at E*Trade Securities, LLC.

    Be sure to notify Cindi Riemersma or Joan Santefort at Barnabas Foundation 888.448.3040 when you are sending the shares so we can be on the lookout for them. Our normal policy is to sell the security upon receipt. However, be sure to notify us of any special selling instructions you may have.

    We will acknowledge receipt of your contribution and its value for IRS reporting purposes, as well as the net amount which will be deposited into your Stewards Fund account. If you have questions regarding these instructions, please contact:

    Cindi Riemersma Client Services Administrator or 888.448.3040.

    Print (Other), Fact Sheets

    Provide your broker with this document to transfer your gift of securities to Barnabas Foundation.

  • Making the most of every opportunity

    “Be very careful, then, how you live...making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” 
    - Ephesians 5:15

    Paul reminds us that the very nature of our world discourages our stewardship of time. “The days are evil,” he writes (Eph. 5:15). And because evil seems so powerful in our world, we are tempted to despair of making a real difference. The author E. B. White once said, “When I get up in the morning I am torn between saving the world and enjoying the world. This makes it very difficult to plan my day.” 

    He’s right. Saving the world seems an impossible task. What difference will our little acts of goodness make in the overall scheme of things? No wonder so many people today allow time to run through their fingers like sand on the seashore. We pursue meaningless activities that kill time and the possibilities it presents.

    Paul challenges us to be stewards of time, “making the most of our opportunities” (v. 15). Paul understands that because of Christ’s victory on the cross, time is redeemed. Our efforts to use time in ways that make a difference for the kingdom of God will not be wasted. God will establish our work through the power of his grace.

    But then, should we go from one extreme to the other? Does seizing every opportunity mean we can never relax, never have a moment for ourselves, never take time to “smell the roses?” Is Paul calling us to become workaholics for the kingdom of God?

    No! Here in these verses, Paul sets our use of time against an invitation to worship God. In so doing, he reminds us that using our time well is set against the backdrop of God’s divinely established rhythm for life. Early in Israel’s history, God set a pattern for us. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God” (Ex. 20:9-10). God’s “six and one” pattern reminds us that we do not live by work alone. Not even God’s kingdom comes about by our work alone. Rather, our times are in God’s hand. God’s grace working through us makes a difference—not only for today but for eternity.

    Source: “The Joy of Generosity" devotional series developed by Barnabas Foundation and available at; adapted from the HomeLink series written by Pastor Bob Heerspink and released by Faith Alive Christian Resources.

    Time is a remarkable gift from God. The pages of our personal planners and the squares on our calendars represent the moments God has entrusted to our care. But how should we use them? We can fill those moments in an almost limitless variety of ways.