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What is Your Purpose?

Every day we wake up and every day we manage. We manage our schedules, our families, our jobs, our budgets, our obligations. It becomes routine and then we become routine, defined by our jobs and our not our hearts. Satan has us so caught up in the worries of the day; it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. So what is the answer? Can anything really be different? You better believe it can! The answer is found in the first question I ask anyone I am consulting or coaching: “What is your purpose”? This is such an eye opening question to start with, though I am sometimes shocked by the responses I get. Sometimes it is a theological statement or a long drawn out theology hidden inside of a website. Some organizations do not even have one. Some organizations know that they have one written somewhere, but they are not sure what it is, and more to the point, they are not sure why it matters. Whether it is a mission statement for our lives or for our organizations, we have to know our pu ...

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Inspiring a Culture of Giving

How do we create a culture of giving back? How do we do it? How do we not only keep our doors open but actually reach the community like we were designed to? The effort of ministry requires money, lots of money, so How do we raise those funds? How do we get prospects to take the next step and become our donors and partners? I have a fear growing inside of me as the recession clings to our economy and more uncertainties creep into our every day. My fear is that humanity is the strongest voice we hear and the loudest voice we listen to, even when we are at the helm of ministries purposed and created for the glory of our very real God. More and more I am seeing Christian nonprofit organizations turn to manipulation to gather the funds necessary to live another day. This reliance on the contrivances of man is resulting in tired employees and passionless donors. Christian Nonprofits: Great Leadership Required A great leader is able to inspire people to act. A great organization is marked by leaders who believe ...

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Speak Life!

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!

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

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?

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

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?

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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A New Focus

A few days ago I pulled off the expressway to find a man holding a sign “Need food, will you help?” I responded in a way that I fear most of us do, I judged him. Without considering him, my first thoughts were, “This is a scam. He will use the money to buy drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol.” My second thoughts were even more shameful, “If I give him my $10 what will I do for lunch today”? Yuck. And then I was reminded, Christ did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. Christ came to meet the need! So now I have to ask myself, why did I judge him? Why didn’t I consider his need? And when did my needs become more important than those around me? Not fun things to ponder, but how gracious that I have the opportunity! How gracious to be reminded of what life can be about! So, I stare at the hard truth, somewhere in the midst of all of this I started living for myself and not for others. And, I think we have all fallen into this to some degree, we have been basi ...

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Share Your Achievements

What a great thing it would be to find a way to communicate to our donors the achievements that their monies are directly supporting. Each year my wife and I give faithfully to our local church, we also give to a few other Christian non-profit organizations that are important to us. I am amazed that we typically receive no information about how those organizations are using our money to further the kingdom of Christ, and I would love to hear how my gift is being used!  I have seen some non-profits produce some sort of annual report that talks about the organization’s overall happenings, achievements and challenges. And while this is an important document, there must be less expensive, more effective ways to communicate to our donor community.  Let’s take a minute and brainstorm some things that we could include in this type of report:  Gifts that helped accomplish a particular goal  Names of donors who gave at a higher level  ...

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    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