This post offers a biblical solution to the global problem of dependency. To gain biblical insight for addressing it, let us look at the interaction between Jesus and the disciples in the account of the feeding of the five thousand in Mark 6:35-40.
GTP did program work in Brazil, Chile, and Panama from 5-19 November 2022. This field reports highlights how workers in the region have been equipped and launched in four areas: prayer, translations, trainings, and accountability.
GTP traveled to Malawi to check the status of the Palmful of Maize (POM) vision and capture photos, videos, and stories. Here we give you a glimpse of the receptivity, generosity, and accountability we experienced in Lilongwe, Chitipa, Mzimba, and Kasungu.
Does your church or ministry engage in an independent financial audit? Let's look at four lessons from how Ezra stewarded temple resources. Remember: an audit is worth the effort, because when everything is accounted for, the clean result preserves God’s honor and reputation.
GTP traveled to Indonesia 1) to facilitate Generosity Design Labs with CSA (Philippines) and ICCSA (Indonesia), and 2) to deliver biblical teaching and raise awareness for ICCSA in four cities. This report celebrates God's faithfulness and provision.
This field report chronicles recent GTP work with a Chilean delegation from Caminando en Victoria, in collaboration with Black Rock Retreat. Learn about how we provided practical training in growing a Christian camp to this pilot group.
Naomi Siawarta (ICCSA), Anjji Gabriel (CCTA), and Steve Kerr (CMASC) traveled to Papua New Guinea to meet up with Joshua Harber (GTP country representative in PNG) to do events about ministry accountability and discern if it’s time to start a peer accountability group in the country.
Lawyers are almost uniquely qualified to assist in helping churches and ministries set responsible standards of behaviour, which builds trust to encourage greater giving. Read six ways lawyers can help in this area.
Dr. Gary Hoag traveled to the Czech Republic in April 2022 with two objectives: 1) to meet with the administrators of 4D Ministries, and 2) to attend the European Great Commission Collaboration (EGCC) Prague Summit 2022.
God wants all stewards to participate in spreading the good news of Jesus. Consider His 4-step approach and how you might multiply stewards at your church or ministry: 1) I do. You watch. 2) I do. You help. 3) You do. I help. 4) You do. I watch.
We celebrate three years of God’s faithfulness to GTP and invite you to join us in praise and thanksgiving. This infographic illustrates the progress of our programs made possible by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and through your partnership with us.
GTP returned to Malawi to launch “Palmful of Maize” to grow generosity and spread the joy of giving as a reflection of true Christianity by spreading this message to the children in every Sunday School class in the country.
In the seventeenth episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Esther Zuluaga Gimenez from Colombia. She shares how God has placed in her heart a love for ethnic groups, which led her to serving different indigenous communities and the unreached Pashtun people of Afghanistan. She recounts how GTP’s webinars, trainings, and the Palmful of Maize video have strengthened and empowered her service. She concludes by reminding us that God is the one who brings about change in all aspects of our lives and that our role is to commit ourselves to prayer, the most powerful weapon God has given us.
In the sixteenth episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Jim Young from New Zealand. Jim discusses his Christian journey from shepherding sheep to shepherding people, and how God has used him in various areas, particularly in Malawi, Africa, where he spent 17 years doing missionary work with Sunday school teachers and children. As a co-founder of STUM (Sunday School Teachers’ United Movement), he encourages us to help people steward their spiritual gifts and passion. Jim concludes by reminding us to fix our eyes on Jesus and find a balance between being realistic and optimistic as we keep on doing God’s work.
In the fifteenth episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with John Msowoya from Malawi. John talks about his childhood and how it led him to focus on ministry with children. He shares how God has called him to co-found STUM (Sunday School Teachers United Movement), which spreads a vision known widely as Palmful of Maize (POM) that teaches the children in Malawi to have a mindset change, to shift from receiving to giving God what they have. He celebrates the collaboration between STUM, GTP, and GenerousChurch, who together aim to take POM to the rest of Malawi, throughout Africa, and to the whole world. He concludes with a challenge for everyone to grow children who serve God and bless their church and community.
In the fourteenth episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Veronica Colondam of Indonesia. She speaks about her own faith journey and how her family reflects the beautiful mosaic that is the body of Christ. She talks about why she started YCAB, a foundation that shows God’s love by serving the poor of Indonesia through economic empowerment and educating young people. She celebrates how the gospel has spread online in the pandemic and urges us to be the salt and light of the world by stewarding all we have for the next generation for the glory of God.
In the thirteenth episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Carlos Gomez from Panama. He shares about how he came to know Christ in his teenage years and how he eventually got into missions, first as a missionary, then as the head of a mission sending agency. He talks about how God uses both difficult situations in our personal lives and crises in societies to invite us to see how can we continue doing His work from a different perspective. He concludes by reminding us to be still, listen to God, and join Him in His mission of transforming the world in powerful ways.
In the twelfth episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Gary Williams from Australia. He talks about growing up with a rich Christian heritage and simply trying to use the gifts God had given him. From there, he shares how he and like-minded stewards formed CMA 20 years ago for the purpose of helping Christian organizations remove the obstacles that tend to limit ministry effectiveness. With that lens, he urges listeners to steward the opportunities God gives to us and to steward God's reputation. He concludes by challenging us to be “all in” with our Christian faith.
In the eleventh episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Dan Busby from the USA. He shares how he came to a personal faith in Christ and how he committed his life to serving Christian workers following the example of humble service set by his parents. After decades of service with as a volunteer, staff member, and president of ECFA, he recounts the growth of the ministry accountability movement in the USA and reports that planting the seeds that would grow into the international accountability movement led by GTP ranks among the most important contributions of his career. He concludes by encouraging everyone to support this movement.
In this tenth and final episode of the first season of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Michael Cherenkov from the Ukraine. He talks about how special it is to grow up as a Christian during Soviet times and how that has shaped him into the “storyteller for Jesus” he is today. He shares about his heart for Christian mission, which led him to now serve as pastor to a multicultural church in Washington State, USA. Finally, he encourages the church at large to be resilient, strong, compassionate, and faithful – not just successful – agents of change during these challenging times.
In this episode of Inspiring Stewards, Nathan Jones speaks with Adam Walach from the Czech Republic. He talks about how serving God as a Christian businessman led him to pursue a calling as a Kingdom investor. He shares about how he set up the European Great Commission Collaboration (EGCC) with his brothers to engage others in giving to God’s work. He concludes by emphasizing the crucial role Christian givers and business people play in Europe and the world during this important moment in history.