Spend fifty percent of my time doing WHAT????

You have heard it said that in order to be a successful Executive Director, you need to spend fifty percent of your time doing your work and the other fifty percent of your time soliciting donors to support it.

But I say unto you:

In order to be a successful Executive Director, you need to spend fifty percent of your time doing your work and the other fifty percent of your time coaching champions how to imitate you comprehensively in relation to the cause you both love.

The standard of success here is Ephesians 4:11-13, which is the Transformational Giving rallying cry. The imitation approach is splattered across the New Testament, and we’ve written about it recently here and here.

But the question of the hour is:

Do you expect that your champions can do greater things for the cause than you have?

Jesus did.

If you don’t–if you sense that God sends you supporters and not champions–then you’ll constantly be working against the grain of Transformational Giving. You’ll invent activities for them to do that simulate the ‘real’ ministry with which you’ve been entrusted.

But if you do believe that God sends you champions whom He fully intends to do greater things than He has entrusted and equipped you to do, then Transformational Giving will help you answer the question, ‘How?’

Transformational Giving is a comprehensive discipleship approach that seeks to enable Christlike growth in the champion in relation to the cause you both share. That’s something far greater than coming up with involvement opportunities. That’s training them:

  • How you think about the cause
  • How you yourself grew to make the impact you are now having
  • How you give to impact the cause in each dimension of your personal and corporate assets
  • How you join with others to make an impact exponentially greater than you could make on your own

Jesus’ disciples followed him along dusty roads and watched every aspect of his personal life for three years. That is likely far, far in excess of what even your most bright eyed and bushy tailed champion can extend to you, and yet it points to the fact that what Jesus has in mind in us coaching champions is something different in kind than occasional phone calls and visits designed to grease the solicitation skids.

Want to get in the right framework for Transformational Giving?

Ask yourself this question:

If you and your staff were prohibited from doing ministry, fundraising, and anything related to your cause, and you could only work through your organization’s champions, would the result be ‘greater things’?

If not, why not? (This is intended as a reflection question, not a rhetorical one, by the way…)

And how would things change in our organization if we approached our coaching of champions with this mindset?

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is also the International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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7 Responses to Spend fifty percent of my time doing WHAT????

  1. Pingback: Imitation is How Humans Learn to Give. So Why are Churches and Nonprofits Doing Away With It? | Rev. Eric Foley

  2. Linda says:

    This is a difficult question, Pastor Foley. Are your “champions” your staff members or are your champions the persecuted/imprisoned christians for whom you advocate? …If the champion of Voice of the Martyrs – 순교자의 소리 is the persecuted christian, the he/she is perhaps always doing more for the cause as he/she is giving all of life until life ends…

    • tdillmuth says:

      Hi Linda! Champions would be our volunteers, donors and readers!

      • Linda says:

        Thank you, Pastor Tim…And “Coach Your Champions” is #3 on our list of books to read this month. And now I am more eager to read through this book very slowly.

      • Pastor Foley says:

        Great Linda – Please let us know what you think and if you have any questions!

      • We were discussing this with Chris this afternoon, Pastor Foley. We also have the Transformational Giving DVD from MIF. I see Linda, Mariah, Marlon, and Christine in these pages. And I see all of you. Thank you for all you have influenced in my home. Thank you for all of the time, love, care and bible study you have invested in Linda. It has uplifted me greatly. And I see her showing God’s love–“mirroring”– this to others. I think she is one of your Champions.

      • Linda says:

        My name is Linda and I approve the comment posted above^^.

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