The characteristics of a financial evangelist [Part II]



The main hindrance to world evangelization has not been for the want of devoted missionaries, nor is it the lack for trained nationals, which was a serious problem for years. The hour has come when we have an eager army of gospel soldiers ready to launch out in faith and to preach the apostolic gospel. And they are doing it! Nor is there a lack of people responding to the message.

Any missionary will tell you that almost every place an evangelistic effort is attempted, hundreds and in many cases, even thousands will respond. When then is the lack? It is the lack of necessary financial assistance that often is not available when the Spirit of God moves in a community ~Gordon Lindsay, Founder, Christ For All Nations

What identifies a financial evangelist?

Having clarified the distinction between mere monetary contributors and genuine financial evangelists, our focus now shifts to delineating the distinctive traits that define authentic financial evangelism.

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

– I Timothy 6:17-19 NKJV

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Financial evangelists demonstrate spiritual sensitivity and responsiveness to local church needs

The early believers in Acts 2:44-45 NIV exemplified unity, sharing their possessions and addressing the needs of others within the community. Regrettably, some individuals possessing the means to address church-related issues may withhold their assistance until prompted by the pastor from the pulpit. This behavior contrasts with authentic financial evangelists, who possess a distinct sensitivity to the practical requirements of the church.

These evangelists diligently attend to various aspects such as audio systems, microphones, seating arrangements, the pastor’s workspace, restroom facilities, and similar necessities. Their discernment leads them to identify these needs, and they proactively seek the pastor’s approval to rectify them, uncoerced. Rather than complaining, they willingly and graciously finance the solutions they’ve identified.

  1. Financial evangelists prioritize pastoral and kingdom needs

It is not uncommon for those who beseech God for blessings to lose sight of Him once those blessings materialize. Yet, it remains paramount to acknowledge that God ties His blessings to the advancement of His Kingdom; they are not bestowed arbitrarily. The house of God presents numerous financial needs, each requiring attention.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33 NIV

A compelling illustration lies in the care owed to pastors. Frequently, God designates certain blessings upon individuals within the church community with deliberate intent. A prosperous member’s duty encompasses the well-being of the clergy. In the heart of a financially endowed congregation member, concern for the welfare of church staff should hold great significance.

Financial evangelists are marked by their profound affection for those laboring in God’s vineyard. Their aspiration perpetually revolves around ensuring the comfort of God’s messengers. They stand ready to offer their utmost, even to the point of personal sacrifice, to ensure that preachers and church workers enjoy a life of abundance.

  1. Financial evangelists are submissive to the vision of the kingdom

Financial evangelists exhibit a profound submission to the Kingdom’s vision. They refrain from imposing their personal perspectives onto the church community. Esteeming neither themselves nor their roles above those of the local pastor and fellow church members, they embrace humility. Their disposition is one of deference, devoid of manipulation or control. Their contributions flow freely, unburdened by conditions or ulterior motives. Remaining in constant communication with their church leaders, they wholeheartedly align with the church’s trajectory and readily provide essential financial backing.

  1. Financial evangelists have a strong passion to see the kingdom of God expand

Financial evangelists are driven by an unwavering passion to witness the expansion of the Kingdom of God. While some individuals contribute financially to the church, their commitment often falls short of embracing the Kingdom’s essence. Despite giving tithes, offerings, and supporting the church’s financial needs, their pursuit lacks a genuine connection with seeking God personally. Their attendance may revolve around personal gain, such as growing their businesses or securing contracts. However, financial evangelists stand apart from this group.

Beyond their professional aspirations, financial evangelists possess an ardent longing for the Kingdom’s expansion in all dimensions. Their contributions extend beyond mere financial support for missions and other Kingdom projects. They are actively engaged in soul-winning, discipleship, and global outreach. This fervor for advancing the Kingdom is so profound that any hindrance stemming from financial constraints for evangelistic endeavors unsettles them.Top of Form

  1. Financial evangelists have a strong spirit of determination

Financial evangelists are not easily discouraged. They are determined to see the kingdom of God expand, even in the face of obstacles. They are like the apostle Paul, who said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24 NIV).

Financial evangelists are willing to confront obstacles that hinder the kingdom from expanding. They encourage full-time preachers and push them to do more for the kingdom. They have a strong spirit of faith that does not give up until there is victory.

They have a strong passion and determination to see souls saved, discipled, and empowered to expand the kingdom of God. They are not afraid to put their lives on the line to see this accomplished.

  1. Financial evangelists as trailblazers or groundbreakers in the field of evangelism

One of the main advantages of financial evangelists is their ability to blaze the trail or pioneer new grounds for missions’ work. This is because there are certain places, especially countries, that a pastor may not be able to go, but these businesspeople can have access to by their positioning in the marketplace. This is what makes them unique.

Financial evangelists can break ground and launch ministry work that is later taken over by pastors. They carry a strong apostolic pioneering groundbreaking anointing. Entrepreneurs open doors for new territories to be penetrated. As Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Financial evangelists are fulfilling this Great Commission by using their financial resources to reach people who would not otherwise be reached. They are blazing the trail for the gospel and opening doors for new ministries to be established. May you become of them!

About the authors

Nelson Semanu Boandoh-Korkor is a distinguished figure, acclaimed as an Author, Publishing Consultant, Christian Business Coach, and a fervent Financial Evangelist. Nelson is a forex trader, cryptocurrency investor and metaverse enthusiast.
Elizabeth Boandoh-Korkor (CA) is an accomplished Chartered Accountant with extensive experience as a Financial Management Consultant, spanning close to two decades in both the not-for-profit and banking sectors. You can reach out to them on +233549762233 or [email protected]

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