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Speak Life!

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TobyMac has a new song out called “Speak Life” that has inspired me; so much in fact that I have a story I would like to share with you: A few years ago I had a boss who called me to tell me that I was the main reason his organization was not achieving its goals. “Wow.” I am sure you can imagine the pain of that moment! My mind spun, “Really, was it all me?” Once I caught my breath, prayed and had time to analyze the situation I realized indeed, it was not all me. However, the pain of that conversation and the attitude of that comment still linger with me to this day. I know personally the power that words hold; power to inspire or power to destroy. There are so many organizations hurting out there because there are so many hurting people. People you know - employees, donors, friends, maybe even yourself - we are hurting, and where do we have to go? Are our churches listening? Are you listening? The next logical question then must be: What are we doing about it? How do w ...

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Discover Your Why!

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Remembering our Reason Do you ever go to work in the morning and feel just like that, like you are going to work? Can you still remember when you first took this job, or first started your organization? Do you remember how excited you were, how hopeful you were, how inspired you felt? Sometimes I have trouble staying there. Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes I live so intensely in the today that nothing else seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that I talk and talk about, but that never seems any closer. I was encouraged the other day to stop and to think about that; to think about it, the “it”. To figure out what it is that drives me to complete my right now, and focuses me to look forward with expectation to what is next. The thing that gives me the courage to keep dreaming, to keep going. That thing is my “why”. That thing is also your “why”. Why are we doing what we are doing? Why do we exist? Why did G ...

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Courage to Lead

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We live in an economy of fear and uncertainty. An economy that tempts us to be afraid as well.  An economy that taunts us when we think about generating excitement and slows us from starting a capital campaign. I want to remind you to be strong and courageous!  Remember that we serve a God that is not bound by our economy and a Savior who is never unsure about our future.  Take heart, and do not give up!  I know that it is challenging right now, but wherever there is fear, there is great opportunity.  Consider how David’s leadership was established through his courage, during a time of great uncertainty and fear. Again the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.”  When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.  I Samuel 17:10-11 And notice the effect his courage had on others to act courageously: When the Philistines saw that their champion w ...

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Is There More?

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In my last blog I shared how a chance meeting with a homeless man and his sign spurred me to have a focus change. As you remember, I am unofficially changing my title: I am now a “generous living consultant”, I am excited about how this new focus will change our conversations. And, it only makes sense that with my new title a new format for this blog would emerge, one that supports our new conversations, and this is it, a new blog: A conversation starter from the generous living consultant. This new blog is designed to be interactive; I am committing to start the conversation but you have to jump in with your responses. I am a firm believer that any conversation worth having goes both ways. I should also warn you before we get started that things could get uncomfortable. I am also a believer in the power of healthy, godly, good conflict. While you will at times feel inspired, I also understand you might not agree with me, you might feel annoyed, or convicted. Please don’t let that stop yo ...

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David Builds a Temple

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And he uses a capital campaign to capture the hearts of an entire nation. Are your campaigns accomplishing that? Is your organization capturing hearts, inspiring people to join your cause because they believe in what you are doing, why you are doing it, and they want to be a part of it? Are you still inspired by what you are doing? Sometimes I wonder if we have gotten comfortable, or afraid, or maybe worse, maybe we’ve become apathetic. We do things that we can attain, we shoot for goals that are frankly too low. It seems we’ve forgotten how to be God sized. I believe that David captured the heart of the people for two reasons. The first is that God had captured David’s heart. He was able to hear the idea from God and listened when God told him that He wanted a temple built to dwell with His people. The second thing David did was believe. He believed in what God had called him to and he believed that God could accomplish what He had called him to. He believed in the calling and he beli ...

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Are we too smart for our own good?

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I was reading the rebellion in II Chronicles 10 – 36. And throughout the recorded history I saw the same theme. Israel had learned how to control their religious duties, acting as though they had figured out God and in the process lost a passion to worship Him. There were of course, brief historical moments of revival among the people, but for the majority of the story it is not a pretty picture. And I believe, that like Israel, we have allowed ourselves to be deceived into thinking we know more than God. We have been led to a place where we don't need God and we allow ourselves the right to question His existence, His authority, His holiness, His righteousness and His power. In a Barna Group survey from April 2012 surveyed practicing Protestants and here is a small portion of what they found:   Nov 2008   April 2012 Have reduced donations to church/religious organization: ...

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Coach Wooden’s Strategy to Find Happiness

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I came across this the other day and was so impressed with Coach Wooden’s strategy for happiness that I just had to share it with you. My prayer is that making and keeping these nine promises will help you on your journey to success. Nine Promises to Make and Keep 1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible.  2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value. 3. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best in yourself and others. 4. Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. 5. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. 6. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future. 7. Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile. 8. Promise to give so much time improving y ...

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Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

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If I told you that you may be missing out on an opportunity to raise funds, you would listen right? The truth is, if you have not prepared and equipped your board to be a part of the fund raising process, you are missing a significant opportunity to raise funds! Think about your current board. Is it filled with people that believe in your ministry, people vested in your organization and men and women that have committed to the purpose and the vision of what you are trying to accomplish? If you said yes, then your board is full of fundraisers waiting to be trained to go.  The duties of your board should include five primary tasks: 1. Protect the mission of the organization 2. Hire and evaluate the Executive Director 3. Establish policy guidelines 4. Help accomplish the vision of the organization 5. Be a powerful part of the fundraising efforts The first four tasks are somewhat easy and expected; but fundraising, that’s another story. A lot of people are initially intimidated by the thought of ...

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Believe and Plan for Bigger Gifts!

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If you have a project or campaign that you need to have funded, push yourself to be purposeful about your approach. Donors are just like you and I, they get stuck in the same rut of giving and need to be challenged and energized from time to time to consider giving more. Let me encourage you to use these five key factors - whether you are planning a new campaign or in the midst of one. Focusing on these things will energize everyone, including yourself, to believe for bigger things!  Initiate Donor Involvement: Donor participation is critical so be willing to start the conversations, and then LISTEN! Hear what your donors are saying about how they could further your organization’s mission. Then invite the most passionate to join you in a partnership to bring those ideas to life! Inspire: When planning a campaign or a project, consider a request that is bold and idealistic. Goals grounded in realism may seem less exciting to donors and they won’t stand out among c ...

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Your Choice: Mentor or Lower Productivity

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I just finished a wonderful book, “The Element” by Dr. Ken Robinson. The book challenges some of the conventional forms of education which was thought provoking for sure, but the part that caught my eye was the discussion of mentoring. Mentoring is close to my heart and Robinson does a great job bringing some things to light. I want to share the ideas of mentoring with you because things are going on inside of your organization that are stifling your progress and effectiveness. Consider the different roles that mentoring could have in your organization. Recognition. In my travels to different ministries I see people who are tired and overworked. I see those same issues with your major donors. Have you taken the time to recognize the people around you for their work and their talent? Recognition does something powerful as it reinforces talents and gifts in individuals and strengthens them to continue on and excel. When people work in the areas that focus on their strengths, they become excited abo ...

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  1. Re: What is Your Purpose?

    Putting the passion back into in our ministries! Great message, Randy! Paul summed up our participation...

    -- Will Stevens

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I've spent most of my life helping non-profit organizations pursue their vision. My passion is to help non-profits reach their communities and grow discipleship through development.

My work with Christian universities, Christian academies, missions groups, radio stations and local churches really gets me going. Underneath all the work is a real desire to see leaders grab hold of the opportunity God has given them.

Whether major gift development, annual fund plans or donor strategy, I rely on many of the business disciplines from the corporate workplace at JC Penney and Amway Corporation.

I enjoy working with young men to become strong leaders in their families, workplaces and churches. I started The Timothy Project a few years ago to work with men in my local community.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

Thanks for commenting on my blog,

Randy