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What Does Your CFO Pray For?

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A friend recently reminded me that it takes a steady hand to hold a full cup. As the C&MA’s chief financial officer (CFO), I am consistently reminded of my need to maintain an unshakeable grip in the midst of financial and economic uncertainty. While knowledge, experience and a degree of competence may help, my steadiness results from prayer! My calling is from John 15:16: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

Here is what God has stirred my heart to pray for:

1. Financial Health. One of my greatest challenges is to help lead the C&MA into greater financial health so it can focus more time on mission and vision. What does that look like? A financially healthy organization has sustainable, growing income; lives within its means; maintains appropriate ministry reserves in order to absorb the bumps along the way and insists on strong internal controls to faithfully steward donor resources. Given the number of variables, decisions in these areas require great wisdom from God, and I go to Him regularly for direction!

2. The Unseen. The most thrilling journey God can take me on is beyond what I can see. This seems to be a constant theme in my tenure as CFO. Though it’s safer within “the seen,” God continually places me in situations that pull me beyond myself. The current economic climate has been very difficult to “see through”; however, my heart resonates with Paul: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:20–21).

I am seeking and trusting God to do “immeasurably more” so that together we can say, “look what God did!”

3. Healthy Relationships. Nancy Ortberg, in The Hardest Person to Lead, says it well: “I want to lead out of a core in my being that is deeply connected to God.” I can’t have good relationships with others unless I have an authentic, growing relationship with God. This year I have been practicing more “dwelling” as outlined in Psalm 27:4. For me this includes personal retreats and waiting on God for the “next instructions.” My family must be a priority. That means leaving work at work and emotionally engaging with my bride, Christy, and our kids. When I have a healthy relationship with God and my family, I have greater capacity to lead a healthy team at the C&MA. And a healthy team will more effectively serve you, the Alliance constituency! I am praying for healthy relationships that begin with my connection with God.

4. Spirit-Empowered Giving. Satan wants us to be selfish with our money and to keep us from understanding that God owns it all. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” When this fundamental truth is lived out by the Alliance family through the power of the Holy Spirit, watch out! We will be part of a movement that sees God aggressively push back the darkness everywhere from our neighborhoods to the nations. My prayer is that God’s people will unleash the resources He has entrusted to us for the fulfillment of His plans and purposes. “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Cor. 8:7).

5. Interdependence. Living the Call together requires us to fulfill our mission as a team. Paul exhorts the Body of Christ to be interdependent: “. . . God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Cor. 12:24–27).

At the local, district, national and international level, we must work shoulder-to-shoulder “to know Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King and to complete the Great Commission.” How that is interpreted in our areas of ministry can be very diverse, but I am praying against a spirit of independence within the Alliance family and the Body of Christ.

Prayer is the primary work of the people of God — including your CFO. It’s what sustains a steady hand. And, yes, it is quite a privilege of my calling.

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