Biblical Foundations of Development

Content Contributor: R. Scott Rodin, Ph.D., President, The Stewards Journey
Facilitator: Mark L. Vincent, Ph.D., CCNL, EPC - Founder, Design Group International
Category: Resource Development

Last Day to Register: Apr 01, 2019
Module Start Date: Apr 08, 2019

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate what the Bible says about money and how it applies to our life
  • Understand and respond to the 'third' conversion necessary for every follower of Jesus, especially those of us involved in raising kingdom resources
  • Understand what it means to be involved in raising Christian funds for Christian work from a biblical perspective
  • Identify key obstacles that stand in the way of successful Christian development work
  • Develop a personal theology of money, giving and asking

Module Overview

This module explores the challenges of raising money in a way that is consistent with core biblical teaching. We will examine the image of a sower as a way to understand the work of asking for money, and our responsibility to be generous givers. On a personal level, this module will also provide you with a basic overview of Scripture's teaching on money. You will also be encouraged to develop personal spiritual disciplines to help as you carry out your calling to Christian development work, and your personal commitment to be a faithful steward.

Requirements for Receiving Credit

Credit for the module will be determined on the following criteria:
  1. Successful completion and submission of five Reflection assignments demonstrating that the participant has read required resources and reviewed the presentation content.
  2. Engage in the topic forums for all five sessions.

Required Textbooks

The Third Conversion, R. Scott Rodin. Spokane: Kingdom Life Publishing, 2011. The Seven Deadly Sins of Christian Fundraising, R. Scott Rodin.  Spokane: Kingdom Life Publishing, 2007. (Highly recommended, but not required for international participants due to availability.) The Sower, R. Scott Rodin and Gary Hoag.  Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, 2010.

Facilitator Bio

Mark L. Vincent, Ph.D., CCNL, EPC - Founder, Design Group International
Mark's accumulated experience includes more than thirty years pioneering a variety of approaches to leadership and organizational capacity-building, entrepreneurship, interim executive leadership, and professional development and credentialing. His focus on helping organizations and leaders achieve their objectives has led to successful initiatives with more than 600 clients in varied domestic and international marketplaces. In 2001 he created Design Group International, a Community of Practice for Process Consultants. Dr. Vincent’s academic work included research into complex decision making as well as economic strategy for associational systems. He has written and presented extensively on stewardship and steward leader theology and practice, serving as the Founding Editor for Giving Magazine and writing several related books, most notably A Christian View of Money. Mark resides in Wisconsin and can often be found drinking coffee in Boise, Idaho.