The Giving Problem and Solution:
Why don’t we give more?
- We lack confidence that our gifts are stewarded well
- We don’t know which ministries to give to
- There is a lack of visibility for measuring Kingdom impact
ROI Ministry address all of these, however the best way to begin to address a problem is it acknowledge what it is and the root causes behind it.
…as much as 97% of all worldwide giving is used to minister to Christians and a few percent is utilized to minister the billion lost poor in the world. What is far worse than this selfish imbalance is that the greatest impact per dollar overall is achieved, when it is invested in the good ministries that meet the physical and spiritual needs of this most neglected group.
Notably this is our Greatest Commandment “neighbor” as Jesus defined in his Parable of the Good Samaritan. These lost beaten and left for dead whom the religious folks of His day avoided. Ironically, they did this on their way to do Gods work, just as many do today as revealed in the use of all that we profess to be his.
Most Christian giving worldwide is used to minister to those who are already Christians. The least amount of giving (less than 1%) is used to minister to the poorest lost people in the world.
One of the most collaborative and exhaustive research projects ever reveals the Church’s use of God’s resources overall. Data was gathered from hundreds of Christian professors, researchers, ministry and denominational leaders, including some of the most respected Christians in the world: Paul Eshleman, Director “Jesus” Film Project; Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World; and the late Ralph D. Winter, PhD, Founder of US Center of World Missions. Of all worldwide Christian ministry resources given annually, this chart shows the location and identity of those who receive these resources.
- 03% of all Christian giving makes it to the billions of the world’s poorest, lost people, shown in this pie chart as World A.
- 93% of all Christian giving is used to minister to evangelized non-Christians. This is represented by World B in the pie chart.
- 97% of all Christian giving is used to minister to Christians. Most of this is used to minister to the wealthiest Christians in World C.
Acts 1:8 records Jesus’ final command, His famous last words of instruction to us today: we are to be “witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” Sadly, the numbers on the above pie chart do not reflect this “both” – instead, we see that a mere .03% is making it to those at the ends of the earth (the lost and poorest of the poor, the “least of these”).
- Who are the “least of these” billion+ people depicted in World A? Jesus answered this same question in the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37: They are our Biblical neighbors; they are most often the overlooked, the very poor, and beaten mentally and physically and at times naked, robbed and left for dead. Yet they only receive 1/3 of 1% of all ministry dollars.
- Where are we to minister? Next door, next county, next state and ethnic group. However, Jesus’ greatest emphasis was on the “ends of the earth,” since these were His most dramatic last words while He ascended from earth into heaven.
- What are we to primarily do? “Preach the good news to the poor” as Jesus did. The world says this foolish and manipulative, but God challenges us to trust Him, stating, “Where will you find a child of a righteous man?” Jesus also said that if we seek Him first, then all these other things (food and clothing) will be added onto this.
So if we followed God’s instruction and Jesus’ teaching and example and ministered to the “least of these,” what would we discover? We’d discover much more than what the research shows at 300 times greater results overall: at the “ends of the earth.” We discovered 30,000 times greater results to these who currently receive the least resources though our Top 10 ministries. Basically it proves what Jesus said: “Where the harvest is ripe but the workers are few.”
The Giving Solution
Jesus not only told us WHO our neighbors are in the Good Samaritan; He showed us WHAT to do when He came to “preach the good news to the poor”; and He showed us WHERE to go in His most famous and dramatic last words of instruction …to the “ends of the earth.” By following God’s instruction and Jesus’ example, we discover 30,000 times greater results! Simply enter any dollar amount, no matter how little you think you can afford, to invest into God Kingdom and see the 30,000 times greater results as compared to where most Christian giving occurs today.
Solution = GOD+YOU+OTHERS
One of the greatest biblical principles is GOD+YOU+OTHERS, a relationship trio with lasting fulfillment. Certainly there are times when the Holy Spirit leads us to give solely from our hearts out of obedience to His prompting; but did you know it’s no less holy to use your mind in this process? When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He quoted Deuteronomy 6:5, saying we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves – but Jesus added “mind” to this verse.
… “we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and our neighbors as ourselves.” Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30
How exciting for marketplace Christians to discover that we are able to use our minds not only to make a living, but in loving and serving God, you, and MANY others forever! How we wisely give is as important as what we give – we are called to give with a cheerful, obedient heart after providing for our #1 God-given ministry, our family, and our local Church. We will walk you through this in the next few application steps. How exciting and rewarding to know that each day you are making a difference which ROI Ministry provides for you.