you have the option to listen to this blog post via the following audio link: holding ministries Accountable
so… this is about me helping to hold ministries accountable so they are part of the solution and not the problem.
if a man can’t make a living through his ministry is that not a worthy test of it’s own validity? this is about my own efforts in terms of, “putting your mouth where your money is” (I understand I twisted that), and asking others to do the same.
by the way… reading my own writing aloud reminds me how unusual is my prose. and, I do this in one take, mistakes and all. meanwhile, I have to laugh at myself because a definition of prose is:
“To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style”.
in any event…
I am a true entrepreneur. I put my money where my mouth and heart are. better yet, I now help men make better decisions around starting business, always leveraging my own experience as expertise.
I also seem to be a magnet for men wanting to start all manner of ministries. there are, at best, subtle differences.
I’ll not focus this particular post on this subject matter, but three great rules when it comes to starting a company or a ministry remain:1. You need a plan you can defend; 2. You should be able to live without income for up to eighteen months; and, 3. Your spouse better be dialed in.
bonus rule: “Happy Wife, Happy Life”.
why can’t our every day business be a form of ministry?
that said, I want you, collectively, to focus on how, or why you can help a ministry genuinely make a difference. they must needs be part of the solution, and not be part of the problem. NOTE: can we agree that there MIGHT be something fundamentally wrong with a model that works under a principle where you have to read a book to earn a reward of food or water? Rick Carlock once told me that if someone were to read the Bible to an individual that had never seen a book before they were now required to accept Christ, or burn. I’ve not seen Mr. Carlock for over seven years. but, his words helped and certainly inspired me in ways he could never imagine.
so… getting back to the solution might mean holding ministry-types accountable for a form or return on investment (“ROI”), even if it’s an eROI. “e” stands for eternal. and, yes, I coined that acronym specifically for: ROI Ministry.
I’m of the opinion this organization is part of the solution, in fact, that’s why it was created.
I’m in. firmly committed with a will and purpose. absolutely.
I feel that ROI Ministry is, indeed, part of the solution. another solid example might be Faith Comes by Hearing. most societies are story-tellers. so, putting a message that is relevant to a culture in the hands of leaders that understand the needs of their people opens both hearts and minds.
however, this is something of an exception because, generally, I’m left thinking:
“ministries are better suited for the a season-of-life where people can afford to be involved with ministry. unless of course we find a unique, or cool way to integrate our business into a ministry-like view. if successful, the business then acts as a type of qualifier, and then draws people and appropriate resources our way. for example, if people ask you, ‘what makes you different?’, or, ‘how did you get to where you are today?’, you likely have credibility as the lens through which others render opinion”.
and, that’s the point of this post. especially if you believe that we can all example forms of ministry in our daily lives.
it’s no secret I have a philanthropic nature. and, I’m adept at matching funds and other resources with worthy efforts. but, I’m keenly aware that for every ministry lighting up passion and souls, there average four others just like them probably already in existence. and, they are manned by people that can’t manage money (or a vital business) – their own in particular. I point this out because there are thousands of people meandering about with hands extended that want people with jobs and sense to sustain their lifestyles.
how can this not be considered a form of welfare? the goal is subjectively noble. however, the execution is more often, questionable; suspect, if you will.
I recently told a fellow that has formed a ministry that I felt his efforts were a bit “fluffy”. he appears to be more interested in getting attention and possibly building a life-style than executing a plan around what might be, otherwise, a pretty cool messaging platform for evangelism. I sent him an email outlining my concerns.
in his response he included:
“thanks for your response and your request of course challenged me greatly and i’m wrapping my heart around it.”
in other words I hurt his feelings, and he is going to pout, an hope I don’t press him, further.
of course that irritated me, some what (he really is a sweet man, but I want him to engage around a form of souly business). and, my own response was:
“So, I think being all sensitive-like and wrapping your heart around things is fine. But, if you want me in your life I expect you to stand firm around Best Practices and having a solid plan. Especially if you are hoping to take peoples money in any capacity.
God is great about foisting His own plans upon us. But, given the discernment He has seen fit to bless us with in unequal measures, we are likely expected to be good stewards and focused on milestones.”
all that said, when I travel to New York Ciry, for example, I am in the habit of bringing five hundred dollars ($500) with me in twenty ($20) dollar bills. I distribute them as I walk along those streets, asking naught of the benefactors other than a silent prayer that they use it to eat (thats good enough), maybe share (that’s all the better).
hopefully this puts my initial question into perspective… if a man can’t make a living through his ministry is that not a test of it’s own validity? that makes me a pundit in terms of, “putting your mouth where your money is”, eh.
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork