What is Faith Promise?
The Church of the Nazarene acknowledges that Faith Promise giving is a biblical method used by many local churches for raising financial support for world evangelization. For our denomination, it is dedicated specifically to the mission support of the Church of the Nazarene through various offerings promoted by Nazarene Missions International (NMI).
Faith Promise is not to be confused with:
A pledge—no one will remind individuals of the exact amount they owe on their Faith Promise giving
The tithe—a Faith Promise is a love gift to God, to be given beyond the tithe
A substitute for mission offerings—In addition to Faith Promise, opportunity should be given for people to give to missions. Such offerings allow those not participating in Faith Promise an opportunity to give to missions; and, for those who are, it provides additional opportunities for giving as the Holy Spirit leads.
A cure-all for a church's financial problems
What does my giving to faith promise do?
The main priority is reaching the world for Christ through the payment of the World Evangelism Fund.
Many offering opportunities exist for you to give toward missions, Alabaster, World Mission Broadcast, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, deputation, and so forth. The NMI Handbook & Constitution provides guidelines regarding what offerings may be included in Faith Promise with the World Evangelism Fund as the foundation. However, Faith Promise is not intended to replace missions offerings.Opportunity should be given for people to give to missions. Such offerings allow those not participating in Faith Promise an opportunity to give to missions; and, for those who are, it provides additional opportunities for giving as the Holy Spirit leads.
For more information about Faith Promise visit the Stewardship Ministry site.
Where did Faith Promise originate?
Although a number of people have come up with similar giving plans, the Faith Promise plan, as we know it, was developed in the late 1800's by Dr. A. B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Feeling a burden for the lost of the world, Simpson was influenced by the writings of Paul in 2 Corinthians 8-9.
Is Faith Promise Biblical?
The basis for Faith Promise is found in the Bible. In fact, a Bible study of 2 Corinthians 8 & 9 might be beneficial prior to your church's Faith Promise event. Also, when promoting Faith Promise, use some of the following passages. (This is not a complete list; please check your Bible's concordance for more suggested scriptures.)