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
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.)