Our vocation can create significant wealth when we work in the for-profit sector, and often requires significant financial sacrifice when we work in the nonprofit sector. Whatever our compensation, we are wealthy when compared with the rest of the world, and embedded in global systems of materialism and consumerism. And our calling requires careful attention to cash and capital flows.
Instead of being preoccupied with money and possessions, we practice simplicity and generosity.
As a baseline, we commit to give away a minimum of 10% of our gross income, with special attention to the needs of the materially poor.
As reach practices, many of us aspire to:
1. increase both the percentage and absolute amount of our giving over time
2. tithe on our assets, not just our income, on a regular basis and at key moments where generosity and dependence on God is most needed
3. regularly pray for God to protect us and our organizations from wealth and financial windfalls until we are prepared to be good stewards
We seek creative approaches to generosity within the enterprise, since we often have influence or control over the salaries of others, their equity ownership, and more. We seek generous business models that can be implemented throughout the supply chain, from vendors to customers.
HOPE FOR ABUNDANCE
We hope for abundance in the form of freedom from worry about money and preoccupation with possessions, joyful relationships with those we are able to financially support, and true prosperity in the form of healthier families, communities, and nations.