DiscipleMakers Commitment To Wise Stewardship
Stewarding God's Resources
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...” Matthew 28:19
What is DiscipleMakers' place in fulfilling the Great Commission? Our part is to make disciples of Christ among college students. Lost men and women are saved. They begin to follow Christ, and their changed lives reach the world. We could not carry out this mission without the generous giving of God's people. DiscipleMakers works hard to wisely steward these gifts so that we can give the Lord and our donors the greatest possible return.
Maximizing Your Gift And Being Above Reproach
One way that DiscipleMakers seeks to maximize the impact of each gift is to minimize our administrative fee. We do this by:
- Holding administrative costs down so that 95 cents out of every dollar you give goes to the work of the missionary or project you prefer;
- Cost-saving giving options such as e-Checks;
- Classifying donor gifts as unrestricted.
As a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), DiscipleMakers complies with standards that go well beyond the requirements of the law. These standards specify that gifts are classified as either restricted or unrestricted. We ask for unrestricted gifts (except in special cases). Thus, a donor may state a preference for how a gift is used but releases DiscipleMakers from any restrictions.
Making the distinction between preference and restriction enables DiscipleMakers to avoid the higher costs associated with administering restricted gifts and to spend donor dollars more effectively.
DiscipleMakers also seeks to maximize your gifts by spending the money where it will have the most impact. Some of these areas include:
- Paying our staff enough for them to live and minister among students (Proverbs 30:8-9). Their incarnation of the Gospel is our most effective ministry resource;
- Funding scholarships for student training;
- Training and supporting staff so that they can be effective in ministering to students.
Thank you for partnering with DiscipleMakers in our mission to make disciples of Christ among college students. We know you have many financial commitments — from caring for your family to contributing to your local church to partnering with us. We do not take your support lightly.
As DiscipleMakers stewards the generous gifts of God's people, we strive to follow what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 8:20-21: "We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but the eyes of men."
Thank you for investing your resources in our ministry! For a more detailed explanation, please see our Stewardship FAQ.