From Leadership Network:
“In 1985, Bob Buford decided to create an organization that would address the leadership and organizational needs of large, complex churches and Christian organizations. He wrote a mission statement and business plan for the idea and hired a full-time staff person. To make sure the idea had sufficient resources, he committed 30 percent of his time and funded the budget. The result was Leadership Network.
In 1992, Duncan Campbell, the owner of a timber investment firm, became concerned about high-risk kids in Portland, Oregon. He developed a business plan and put up the money to fund his idea. He committed 50 percent of his time to the organization, Friends, that provides mentors for troubled youth in the Portland area.
In 1994, Tom Luce, a successful attorney, had a dream for an organization that would change the nature of public education in the state of Texas. He wrote a mission statement and business plan, hired a full-time staff person and committed his own money as well as 50 percent of his time. The result is ‘Just for the Kids.’”
All three of these social entrepreneurs are still at it today, helping to change things for the better; helping to change lives and organizations for the good. It would be easy to say that we don’t have the resources available to these men, but what are we doing with the resources entrusted to us?
Amelia Mohr was 8 years old at the time. Our church was collecting food to help an organization similar to Buckhead Christian Ministry. We distributed grocery bags much like we have done this month and asked our members to bring the bags so we can donate the food to BCM. Amelia wasn’t satisfied filling the sack her family picked up at church. She wanted for more bags and went to her neighbors and asked them to fill up a bag to help hungry people. She told her parents that she needed their help to pick up the bags from their neighborhood. She followed up with each neighbor until each had participated.
Stewardship is about life. We have all been given so much. We don’t own any of it; we have been entrusted with a sacred charge. Your time, talent, and treasure can make a difference. One day there will be an accounting. “To whom much has been given, much will be required.”
I read that somewhere …
If you don’t want to give until it hurts, how about giving until it helps? See you Sunday, ready to worship, ready to serve.