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  • Developing Your Church Vision & Mission

    Vision

    Vision is a clear, challenging, hope-filled picture from the heart of the future of your ministry, as you believe that it can and must be. Effective leaders keep their vision front and center as they guide their church.

    Vision answers the questions…

    • What does God want to accomplish through us?
    • What will our ministry look like to accomplish this?

    The Importance of Vision

    • Encourages unity
    • Creates energy
    • Provides purpose
    • Fosters risk taking
    • Enhances leadership
    • Promotes excellence
    • Sustains ministry

    Vision can be effectively shared through a vision statement. Often, church vision statements are based on the Great Commission. The best vision statements are inspirational, clear, memorable and concise.  “See it clearly; say it continually; share it creatively.”

    Questions to ask as you develop your vision

    • How can the church leadership become hopeful and visionary?
    • What kind of church do we want to be? 
    • What is God’s preferred future for our church? Where do we sense God is leading us?
    • What will our church look like in 3 to 5 years from now? What new things do we intend to pursue?
    • Does our vision statement provide a powerful picture of what our church will look like in 3 to 5 years from now?
    • Does our vision statement clarify the direction in which our church needs to move?
    • Is our vision statement worded in language that inspires and engages people?

    Mission

    Mission is the purpose of the church. It sets a church’s destination, answering the questions…

    • What are we supposed to be doing?
    • What is the primary thing that God has called us to accomplish?
    • What are we attempting to do for God and for our people?

    A mission statement is an expression of strategic intent. It summarizes and provides the church with its biblical task, and it defines the results that it seeks to obtain. Like vision statements, church mission statements are often based on the Great Commission.

    Three common mission statement formats:

    The mission of (the Church Name) is to …

    Our mission is to …

    (The Church Name) seeks to …

    Questions to ask as you develop your mission statement

    • What is our Church supposed to be doing?
    • Who will we serve, and how will we serve these people?
    • Can we articulate our mission in a written statement?
    • What words communicate best with our target group?
    • Do people understand what we have written?
    • Is our mission statement broad enough?
    • Is our statement clear?
    • Is the mission statement brief and simple? Does the mission pass the T-shirt test?
    • Is our mission memorable?


    Generosity starts with vision and mission. When you have a clear picture of – and commitment to – God’s unique calling for your church, your ministry will thrive, and believers will want to invest in that calling with their God-given time and resources. 

  • Disclosure Document on the Barnabas Foundation Common Trust Funds

    Download the "Disclosure Document"

    Forms & Information, Forms

    Barnabas Foundation holds its investment in the Barnabas Foundation Common Trust Fund. This document describes how the fund operates and its investments.

  • 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.

    Strengths

    • 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.

    Available at Focusonthefamily.com.

  • Generosity: What’s Age Got to Do with It?

    This webinar discusses generosity and age with Karl Travis.

  • 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 (www.barnabasfoundation.com) and are adapted from “The Joy of Generosity” (HomeLink series) written by Robert C. Heerspink and released by Faith Alive Christian Resources (www.faithaliveresources.com).


    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 www.globalrichlist.com 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 (purposedriven.com). 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 Create and Use a Narrative Budget

    Webinar (For Churches)

    In this webinar, Rick Droog, Stewardship Consultant at Barnabas Foundation discusses how to create and use a narrative budget. When proposing annual budgets, most church leaders present their congregations with various line items and lots of numbers. A popular and extremely effective approach currently being used is to “tell the story” behind the numbers. This is referred to as a Narrative Budget, and it provides your congregation with a vision of your ministry, rather than just a spreadsheet of line items.