Market Seventy: Reclaiming the marketplace

FastStart: Funding Transformation

Why You Need It

As in the Luke 19 account of the nobleman, soon-to-become-king, God has entrusted you with resources and has instructed you to "put this money to work" until He returns. How you manage those resources will either earn you a "Well done...take charge of ten cities," or a "Wicked servant...Take...away from him and give it to the one who has ten." Your business or organization is responsible for investing in the Kingdom until the end times, when your faithfulness will be rewarded with governance of the Kingdom.

What It Is

In Funding Transformation you will discover how God wants you to apply Kingdom resources to bring about transformation in your sphere of influence.

What You Have to Know

The Bible has a tremendous amount to say about wealth. Financial matters are mentioned more often in the Bible than prayer, healing, and mercy. One out of every 7 verses in the Book of Luke talks about money. Why all the importance? We could focus on the negative side that "the love of money is the root of all evil" and conclude our focus is to avoid sinning through wealth. But transformation is about reclaiming and building, it is about leverage and multiplication. The servants in the Luke passage were commended for making wise and fruitful investments in the master's business dealings.

You must become intimately aware of what wealth is and how you are to use it – financial, of course, but wealth is so much more. It involves talent, character, passion, dreams and creativity. It encompasses your employees, your operations, your customers and vendors. It is found in the relationships you have built (or it is squandered in relationships you have ignored). Everyone in your organization must be able to recognize and foster wealth of all kinds.

What You Have to Do

There are three major tasks to address in Funding Transformation.
1. Personally: Look at your own values around wealth and how you reflect them in your life – your salary and your possessions, your family and friends, your schedule and life-balance.
2. Corporately: Compare your Spirit-Led strategic plan to the allocation of all your resources. If necessary assign or realign resources to be consistent with God's values and vision for your organization.
3. Create a Funding Transformation strategy in which you inventory and proactively plan the use of the entire breadth of wealth in your organization.

 

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Funding Transformation Teaching

Spirit-led Resource Management

Introduction

"Oh, no, not a teaching on tithing!" Well, actually, no. This module is more about using God's resources than it is about tithing. We certainly believe we are to tithe, but we will let the scholars haggle over the details – how much is the tithe; where should the tithe go; corporate vs. individual tithe; tithing from the gross or the net; tithing and offerings above the tithe, etc. Our focus is on using the resources of the Kingdom organization in the transformation process.

The key point in this module is this. God delivers all good things into our hands with the expectation that we are to use it all for His Kingdom. In preparing for this section, God brought us to Luke 16:1-18 and the account of the shrewd manager – an account which we always found difficult because it seems as if Jesus is condoning dishonesty. Look at the passage with us and it will set the basis for what we will be sharing about Spirit-led resource management.

Luke 16:1-15 (Click here to read the passage in the NIV; Click here to read it in the NASB).

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A Farmer on World Hunger

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On our most recent trip to Uganda, a board member gave me this book to read. Howard Buffet has traveled the world looking at world hunger through a farmer's eyes.  

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