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Issue: "Goodbye again," June 9, 2007

A second suggestion was to avoid accumulating property-it has a voracious appetite for consuming time, money, maintenance, and management and diverts energy away from the mission. Finally, give away as much as we can. Give away credit, ministry rights, assets and instead be a servant organization that decreases so that others may increase. You can see, can't you, why so few organizations are truly self-giving?

WORLD: You conclude your book by explaining how those with business experience in areas such as real estate, merchandising, and marketing can use their "vision-casting, deal-making, product-promoting talents" to help the poor and build Christ's kingdom. What's the first step for such individuals?

LUPTON: A vision must be worthy of a business person's commitment. Most ministries ask far too little of their highly capable friends-a monetary donation, a scholarship for a needy kid, serve on a board. A vision comparable to one's capacities is more likely to elicit an excited response. A vision that is history-shaping, like transforming a housing project or even a whole neighborhood, or starting a school, a redemptive cause that challenges their abilities, is what captures the imagination of highly successful people.

Also, kings talk to kings. Once a leading business person gets involved in an exciting mission, they will inevitably go to their peers and solicit their help. One well-positioned business person can attract an untapped strata of resourced friends into a cause. But the vision must be compelling.

-For more about Robert Lupton's experience in Atlanta, and his insights on Christmas toy giveaways for children, see a profile and a Marvin Olasky column in WORLD, Oct. 22, 2005

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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