We cultivate worth separate from our resources
We cultivate a sense of worth that is separate from our role and resources as a funder, and we understand our identity as redeemed and loved by God. We dedicate ourselves to the work of generosity, surrendering to God our influence and discerning ways to give more away. As appropriate, we are transparent with our financial decisions, avoiding the exploitative pitfalls that come with secrecy. We pursue the deep joy of giving as one part of a life of radical dependence on God.
1. We cultivate relationships in communities where our relationship to capital is of marginal importance—and where we are known only as friends, family members, neighbors, and church members.
2. We practice simplicity, intentionally turning from whatever complicates our priorities and disorients our lives toward material things. We relish the simple pleasures available to us at little expense, and we practice noticing God’s small, daily blessings.
3. Recognizing that giving rightly takes our minds toward ideas, issues, and opportunities “out there,” we pay attention to the people physically nearby. We take the commandment to “love thy neighbor” seriously, looking for ways to encourage, support, and pray for our literal neighbors where we live.
4. Through stories of non-financial impact, we regularly celebrate the missional influence of our funding. We focus the attention on the work of our ventures, highlighting the innovation, hard work, and sacrifice made by their teams, partners, and beneficiaries.
5. We identify and share the mistakes and misses of our funding. We regularly remind ourselves and our colleagues that we lack answers, are eager to learn, and are dependent on others for the fruit of our work. In humility, we invite feedback from across the entire spectrum of our work to gain insight into our blindspots and areas of needed growth.
6. We pursue the baseline practices in the Praxis Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs to shape our stewardship relationship to money—as well as to the other essential capacities of time, imagination, decision-making, power, and community, building a ballast of countermeasures against many of our primary vocational risks.