Planned Giving Conference - Salvation Army Australia

Planned Giving Conference
Conference n. 1. a meeting for consultation and discussion
(The Macquarie Dictionary 1989 Edition)
The Salvation Army
Any Where Corps
17th September 2007
The purpose of this conference is to give everyone an opportunity to
hear and discuss critical issues related to giving to God through
Planned Giving. We want there to be discussion and growth through
consultation with one another.
The conference theme is:
“ Conference Worship Order ”
Time of Prayer
Video 1 ‘Mission’
Discussion Groups
Mission and Vision
Video 2 ‘Money’
Discussion Groups
Finance Presentation
Drama Item
Video 3 ‘Me’
Response and Prayer
Final Song
Benediction and Grace
Conference Clip #1
(4 minutes)
Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptise them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teach them to obey everything I command you”
Trinitarian faith
Money was of no importance to the young church. Or was it?
Acts 2:42-47
“They devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching”
“Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous
signs were done by the Apostles”
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
“Selling all their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as they
had need”
Were people turned off church? No, they stayed and the numbers
grew daily!
The mission still needed resources. They were 100% reliant on The
Holy Spirit but projects needed funding even then
Discussion Points:
What do Mission and Giving have in common?
Imagine and chat about what you think the 1 st century
church might have been like
Ask the question: “What mission resources do we lack as a
corps, because we simply cannot afford them?”
Conference Clip #2
(5 minutes 30 seconds)
Co-Mission. We all co operate with Christ
Joint Ministry
God takes our part in the mission seriously
Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira
The young church was committed to mission but they were mucking
Acts 7 a man called Stephen
Stephen was “Full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom”
“A man full of God’s grace and power”
Stephen lived out and died for the mission
There is a strong link between money and mission in the New
Acts 10:4 Peter was given a vision from God
The angel said to Peter, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have
come up as a remembrance to God”
Vision is like a ‘mission map’ it is the road your corps needs to take to
fulfil the mission
Discussion Points:
Talk about the relationship between mission, money and
Imagine getting a vision from God like Peter had
Ask the question: does our corps have a vision (mission
map) that drives everything you do? If it has, what is it?
Conference Clip #3
(8 minutes)
A French fisherman once wrote: ‘Help me, O God! My boat is so
small and thy ocean so wide’
Our mission can seem that overwhelming sometimes
1 Chronicles 29
God gave (King) David a vision: Build a temple for God
He said, “With all my resources I have provided for the temple of
He gave his personal treasure as well (around $1.3 Billion)
He gave to fulfil God’s vision
He consecrated himself and showed great leadership to his nation as
they too, consecrated themselves and gave to God
“Then the leaders…commanders…officials…gave willingly”
“The people rejoiced at the willing response to God of their
leaders, for they had given whole heartedly to the Lord”
But David recognised that it was God’s vision and what he had done,
in fact what any of us can do, is give God back what was His in the
first place
The responsibility for the mission becomes ours
“My boat is so small and your ocean so wide”
The mission is large, our resources are God’s, the possibilities … are
Action Points
After thought and prayer, I will commit to the following
(tick, as appropriate):
 I will find out what our corps mission is
 I will intentionally give at least my tithe as a means
of thanking God and supporting Christ’s mission
 I will discover what mission means for me
 I will seek God regarding my ministry as a member
of the ‘priesthood of all believers’ in this corps
 I will seek a vision from God for my life
 I will support the work of my corps
 I will acknowledge that leading the mission on a
local level is difficult and my leaders need my
support and prayer
 In summary, I will give of time, tithes and talents as
an expression of my relationship with God and as a
means of fulfilling my part in the local mission of