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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  • Christian Wills Guide

    Brochures & Booklets

    The Christian Wills Guide is designed to encourage Christians to think about how they want their assets to be distributed at death and to assist them in gathering the information their attorney will need. With this guide, the process will be much easier, a comfort to their families and will fulfill the desires they have for their families and the Lord’s work. 


  • Church Stewardship Development Ideas

    Webinar (For Churches)

    In this webinar, Rick Droog, Stewardship Consultant at Barnabas Foundation discusses Church stewardship development ideas. The best ideas are those that have already been tested. In his work with numerous churches, Rick Droog has gained first-hand experience with techniques and approaches that produce results. In this webinar, he will share stories and ideas that have positively impacted church stewardship development. Get ready for a lot of practical suggestions and some great ideas!

  • Clergy Finance: Pointers for Pastors & Church Leaders

    This webinar discusses clergy finance: pointers for Pastors and Church leaders with John Bolt.

  • Description of Stewardship Champion/Chairperson

      A.   Characteristics and Skills

    • Man/Woman of God
    • Credibility in the congregation
    • Passion for financial stewardship (not necessarily the biggest giver)
    • A good facilitator
    • Sensitivity to differing levels and experiences in financial stewardship


      B.   Duties

    • Help in forming and chairing Stewardship Team
    • Lead or facilitate the study of introductory resources with the Stewardship Team (i.e. The Treasure Principle, Firstfruits: A Stewardship Guide for Church Leaders)
    • Assist in the development of a stewardship strategy and its implementation
    • Facilitate presenting the strategy to the council or the board for approval and adoption
    • Develop relations with church committee chairs to involve them in deciding at what program would be available to help their group better understand biblical financial stewardship

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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. 

  • Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money

    Discovergodsway

    A recent article confirmed that the number of high school students with credit cards has tripled in the past two years. This growth in teen credit card debt shows a lifestyle of instant gratification and the inability (or unwillingness) to live within one’s means. The revised 10-week edition of Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money Teen Study is designed to practically help teens create habits that will set them on a lifelong journey of handling money responsibly.

    Available at Crown.org.

  • 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

  • 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.