Champions come in P, E, and O flavors

Good times today as the Transformational Giving seminar express rolled through Portland. (Still time to sign up for next week’s day-long whistle stops in Phoenix and Colorado Springs, as well as the dates in SFO and LAX the week following.)

In Portland today I was finally able to work in a clarification I’ve been wanting to make since we did the Major Donor workshops in March, namely:

The word ‘Champion’ does not only refer to Owners. It refers to anyone on the P/E/O grid, including Participants and Engaged folks as well.

‘Owner’, in other words, is not synonymous with ‘Champion’. ‘Champion’ is a much broader term that designates the nature , character, and intent of the relationship we have with an individual.

The term that contrasts with ‘Champion’…is ‘Donor’.

When we call someone a ‘Donor’, we are living in a transactional fundraising universe in which the donation transaction is the central focus and the defining characteristic of the individual in relation to the nonprofit.

When we call someone a ‘Champion’, we are maintaining fidelity to the scripture’s revelation of reality, wherein the central thing goin’ on around us is God’s work in actively shaping His people in the image of His Son.

Our role in that process?

Coaching the Champion in relation to the Kingdom cause for which God is holding us both accountable in our spheres of influence.

When we orient ourselves to God’s people and purpose in this way, we recognize three distinct levels of Champion maturity. In each case, the cause is being championed, but in a very different way:

  • Participants are Champions who advance the cause through project-based involvement.
  • Engaged people are Champions who advance the cause through  ongoing, covenantal lifestyle changes and commitments.
  • Owners are champions who advance the cause by seeing it as their responsibility to spread the cause and equip new Champions within their sphere of influence.

In each level of maturity the Champion may be extremely committed and passionate. What varies from P to E to O is not the degree of commitment or passion but rather the kind of championing the individual is doing in relation to the cause.

We talk about this at much greater length in the Coach Your Champions book and in the seminar; however, the piece I’ve never  clarified well is that the term ‘Champion’ applies at all levels of the P/E/O process, not just when the dial says ‘O’.

Thanks, Portland, for bringing that out!

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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6 Responses to Champions come in P, E, and O flavors

  1. peter tamashiro says:

    Eric, very much enjoyed your “word” yesterday at the Portland seminar. My head is swimming with ideas as God has totally turned my world upside down. I am thinking in terms of motivating people for works or even for business….what I learned it is not me motivating them but God motivating them. I just have to remind them of that call in relation to our cause! Look forward to reading this blog and hearing more. I know of a few other networks that I think you are on the same wavelegnth with that would be great to connnect you to…one of the fastest growing church movements out of the NW is one of them…they are just not launching satelite campuses as they are big on technology….

    By the way…..if you are ever in Grants Pass again, my family restaurant makes some great Kim Chee!

  2. Adam says:

    Thanks for the clarification Eric… our team from E. Wa. was discussing this very issue yesterday and were trying to recall this distinction. Helpful. Enjoyed the seminar. Working hard to implement real change.

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