I spent a decade (1998-2009) seeing a church planting movement started among an unreached people group in South-Central Siberia. In 2007, our ministry was unexpectedly visited by a strategic missions team led by Marty Duren. Marty led his mission team as well as his local congregation in Georgia to sacrificially invest in this pioneering ministry with both resources and personnel. Their gift blessed the socks off of a young Siberian church planting movement! (You can read about the first half of that partnership by going to [...]) I have spent many missional days with Marty Duren and this is what I know...Marty and his family are the real deal! This book is solid gold because it genuinely reflects the overflow of this man's contagious heart. I currently serve as the Outreach Pastor at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage, AK ([...]). I intend to encourage our congregation to read and apply this book and I encourage other ministry leaders to do likewise. Marty, thanks for giving us the gift of "The Generous Soul." Blessings to you and your readers!
Missional Giving is the financial strategy of the missionary manager, purposefully utilizing all the money and possessions God has entrusted to him or her according to His priorities and viewing all financial activity as integral with God's kingdom.
I think that definition is the best attempt I have seen at defining how a Christian should view his/her resources and their obligation to use their resources for the glory of God and advancement of his Kingdom. I cant even imagine what the world would look like if all Christians, if I, faithfully applied that definition to our lives.
Here are some brief thoughts on "The Generous Soul:"
1) The Generous Soul is the next needed step in the Missional Conversation. The Missional conversation has been active, productive, and pretty well rounded... Except for one category and that is how missional living affects how we reach into our pockets. Radical by David Platt is a good book to go to, but it doesn't really deal with our finances as directly as Marty does. I really have not seen a book like The Generous Soul. No one more clearly, directly, and faithfully applies living on mission with God to our finances like Marty does in this book. In my mind- to live a missional life means to apply the gospel to every area of our life- this includes our finances. For many of us, we are not exactly sure how to do that... This is where The Generous Soul is most beneficial. Marty does not give us "3 steps" to Missional Giving. Instead, he gets to the heart of the matter which is a matter of the heart when it comes to missional living- and giving. That leads to my second point...
2) This book is literally for everyone that follows Jesus.Read more ›