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  • 10 Financial Principles that are Biblical

    There are financial principles found in God’s Word that instruct us in conducting our financial affairs.  One of the major themes of the Bible is obedience to the Lord.  Practicing these financial principles demonstrates that Christians are trusting God in this important area of their lives. 

    This downloadable article outlines the 10 Financial Principles that are Biblical:

    1. God owns it all
    2. Giving is essential
    3. Allow for margin
    4. Bible backs savings
    5. Keep out of debt
    6. Secret of Contentment
    7. Develop a budget
    8. Don't cosign
    9. Work hard
    10. Seek Godly counsel

    This 10-part series highlights financial principles found in God’s Word that instruct us in conducting our financial affairs.

  • 5 Secrets of Good and Faithful Servants

    1. Good and Faithful Servants Maximize God’s Resources. Have you thought about ways you can maximize the financial resources God has given you? For example, did you know you can increase your tax benefit and stretch your giving dollars to the Lord's work when you transfer appreciated assets (such as stocks or mutual funds) directly to our church rather than donating the proceeds after selling them? If you have owned securities for more than a year, your tax savings are significant because you receive an income tax deduction for the fair-market value (what it's worth today, not what you paid for it). Additionally, you will not pay any capital gain tax upon the transfer.

    2.  Good and Faithful Servants are Trustworthy. Just like the master in the Parable of the Talents went on a journey and entrusted his property to others, so God entrusts His property to us. What has God entrusted you with? There are many things! He trusts you with the time He’s given you today, relationships with your family and friends, financial resources and possessions, the creation around you, the gospel message, and so much more.

    3.  Good and Faithful Servants Know Their Abilities. Isn’t it interesting that the man who went on the journey gave something to each of his servants “according to their ability?” God knows what your talents and abilities are because He gave them to you! There’s no point in comparing your abilities to someone else—God wants you to use what He’s given you! But do you know what your gifts are? If you need some help identifying or fine-tuning the gifts God gave you, check out “Discover Your Gifts” by Faith Alive Publishing at www.faithaliveresources.org

    4.  Good and Faithful Servants are Action-Oriented. You may have heard there are three kinds of people in the world—those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. The “good and faithful servants” made things happen. They didn’t put things off until tomorrow. They didn’t wait until they were in a better mood or were less busy. Instead, they went “at once” to put their master’s resources to work for him. Is there something God is asking you to say, do, or give today?

    5.  Good and Faithful Servants are Self-Starters. What would the average employee think if the boss went away for a long time? What would the average teenager think if mom and dad went on vacation without the kids? Party time! Right? Not so with the good and faithful servants. The master went away “for a long time.” And with no one watching, or giving them reminders, or holding their hands, the good and faithful servants took responsibility and got to work, day in and day out, until their master returned.

    Do you have kids or grandkids that like to keep secrets? A secret, the dictionary reports, is something hidden from view. That’s a good description of the hearts of “good and faithful servants” that Jesus described in Matthew 25. Although motivations of the heart are not always visible, Jesus takes notice and ultimately commends them. Here are 5 “secrets” of good and faithful servants that we trust will be an encouragement to you as you grow in your walk with the Lord.

  • A Matter of the Heart

    Thankfulness

    “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:18). A steward’s heart is a thankful heart – but how can we be thankful in everything? It begins with an attitude of gratitude – thanking God for the big and small blessings in our life, and resting on His promises during the difficult times.

    Thoughts

    “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…” (Hebrews 13:5). Most people think if they had just a little more money, they’d be happier. But contentment isn’t “getting what you want - it’s a mindset of wanting what you have.”  Contentment comes when we tune out our culture’s relentless pursuit for more, and fix our thoughts and eyes on God who promised to supply all of our needs.

    Trust

    “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not . . . to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (I Timothy 6:17). Our trust can easily move from God to our bank accounts and abilities. But the only path to peace is to put our trust in God, yielding to His plan and timing for our lives. 

    Talk

    “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7). Our children may fail to listen, but we know that they seldom fail to imitate us.

    Talents

    “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). Highly effective stewards see their time and talents as precious gifts from God, and use those gifts to bless others and advance the kingdom of God in their homes, communities, and around the world.

    Treasure

    “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9). When we give, we are demonstrating the depth of our loyalty to Christ and understanding of His grace in our lives. We serve a giving God, and when He lives in our hearts, our love for Him grows, overflowing in generous, sacrificial, and joyful giving to the things He cares about.

    Most people immediately think of money when they hear the word “stewardship.” But stewardship is so much bigger than finances. It’s really a heart issue – a longing to offer everything we are and have to Him. Consider these truths from the Word of God as you prayerfully ask the Lord to make your heart more in tune with His.

  • Advisors e-Newsletter

    Offers financial professionals tax and other updates designed for Planned Gift advisors.

  • Barnabas Foundation Generosity Video

    Videos

    Barnabas Foundation has developed the “Generosity” video which can be shown as part of a stewardship emphasis before worship, during worship, or as an introduction to an adult education opportunity.  It was developed for use in the church as a way to encourage church members to consider the incredible legacy they leave for others. 

  • Barnabas Foundation Gift Acceptance Policy

    Specific guidelines govern acceptance of gifts made to Barnabas Foundation. For complete guidelines, please download our Gift Acceptance Policy.

    Forms & Information, Policies

    Barnabas Foundation is a religious not-for-profit distinctly Christian organization. These guidelines provide information about the types of gifts Barnabas Foundation accepts.

  • Biblical Principles

    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.

  • Charitable Gift Annuity Application Form

    Forms & Information, Forms

    To start a Charitable Gift Annuity, complete this form and return it to Barnabas Foundation. 

  • 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. 


  • 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.