change is a good thing. My new cell phone was definitely a change for the better because now all the buttons work and the screen is not cracked. Not so acceptable are the whitening of my temple hairs and the refusal of my eyes to focus on size twelve fonts. Francis Bacon, over four hundred years ago, called it right when he said, “He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.”
The Church of the Nazarene has applied its own new remedy in the implementation of a new funding plan called Funding the Mission (FTM). The plan is simple and sensible. It is a part of the church’s work of fulfilling its mission, to make Christlike disciples in the nations. On July 1st the last of the USA/Canada districts began operating under this new plan of giving at least 5.5% of income* to the World Evangelism Fund (WEF).
The church deserves to be complimented for its willingness and ability to adapt to change. The FTM plan is the most significant change in denominational funding policies in over fifty years. This new missional funding plan has required pastors, treasurers, church boards and district offices to look differently at the shared responsibility of the global mission. In recent weeks, I have sensed a genuinely positive sense of participation from the local churches. The new FTM plan is perceived as an incentive toward generous giving. As God blesses the church, the church embraces the opportunity to bless others.
From the standpoint of technology, the FTM website has taken the church a giant step forward—similar to moving directly from rotary dialed landlines to iPhones. Users of the FTM web application have quick, accurate access to their records in the general treasurer’s books and the ability to track progress on allocation percentages. Electronic fund transfer and online tools enable a speedy and efficient experience for local church treasurers and financial leaders.
This FTM newsletter is designed to enhance your experience with the FTM funding plan. In this issue you find answers to your frequently asked questions as well as directions for receiving help on your more specific needs. I also encourage you to visit the current issue of Engage Magazine, www.engagemagazine.com
, to see the effectiveness of your World Evangelism Fund contributions.
*The FTM plan is based on total church income less anything given to WEF or Missions Specials at a rate of 5.5% for WEF, 2.5% for Education and 2.0% for Pensions and Benefits