1) Develop a strategy (a written plan that is referred to regularly)
2) Have well defined goals (determined after plan edit or approval)
3) Make grants consistent with the strategy
4) Have a means to measure the grant results (accountability)
5) Evaluate the results and learn from them
6) After evaluating, adjust the strategy and goals/grants as necessary
PREMISE – Men and women leaders are God’s method of winning the multitudes of the world because the masses will always follow the leaders. Consequently, if the wish is that the nations of the world change, then the focus must be on building up the leaders who the masses will follow and devoting resources to empower the few who will lead.
THE VISION – The Vision is to Empower the men and women who are (or will) lead the multitudes within their various areas of expertise; empowering those who will multiply themselves and create reproducible and sustainable systems.
* Empowerment goes well beyond simply giving them resources. Empowering entails entrusting to designated leaders full authority and responsibility. This is accomplished by coming alongside them individually “life on life” in long-term relationships and helping them in their reaching their (not our) God-ordained vision and goals for Africa, their countries and their communities.
MISSION STATEMENT – Empower Holy Spirit anointed and empowered African Christian Servant Leaders who are committed to creatively addressing the various holistic problem issues facing Africa.
WHAT WE MUST DO?
Find the current and future African leaders and empower them. Who are the leaders in Africa that are sacrificially serving (giving their lives away) and have proven and effective ministries right now? Find them and build relationships with them. Find out what they need to multiply and synergize their work. Empower them. Additionally, we must find the mentors of these leaders. Who are the leaders of the leaders? (Who are their mentors?)
Build relationships with them and empower them.
IN GENERAL, HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH THIS? – By getting on the ground in Africa and finding the Christian leaders who are:
1) Reproducing themselves and their particular areas of expertise
2) Building long-term sustainable systems within their areas of expertise
WHAT IS THE PLAN IN AFRICA TO ACCOMPLISH THIS?
1) Find individuals who we can trust; build relationship with them and learn from them
2) Work with them and alongside them at their request
3) Earn their trust
4) Find out who “they” trust
5) Find their Moses (who are their anointed leaders?)
6) Find their Joshua’s (the next generation of Christian leaders)
7) Build networks of local leaders/local churches and create partnerships
8) Empower them
WHAT MIGHT OUR ATTITUDE BE IF/WHEN CONSIDERING GIVING TO ORGANIZATIONS AND MINISTRIES VS. GIVING TO INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH)?
IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE IMPACT, ASK THESE QUESTIONS:
1) What is the assessment of the organization’s leadership stability and continuity? (Are they in a position to enable a positive succession of leadership – reproducing themselves?)
2) What is the prognosis for their long-term sustainability? (Will it last after it is resourced?)
3) Is it an indigenous work? (Is it “African” from beginning to end?)
4) Is it experiencing synergistic results? (Is it experiencing exponential growth?)
Our role is not to tell our African partners what to do
Our role is to enable them and support them in WHAT THEY WANT TO DO
THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF A GIVING STRATEGY:
DO provide resources and opportunities to anointed leaders
DO build long-term relationships with local churches, whenever possible
DO partner with the local church when administrating resources to leaders, whenever possible
DO use the local church as a primary channel of distribution (of goods and services)
DO find those currently “giving their lives away” and come alongside them to assist them in reaching “their” goals
DO be nameless and faceless
DO empower local leaders and communities to do reproducible and long-term sustainable projects and programs
DO assist in the development of African self-sufficiency
DO support leaders (and their systems) that stand-alone and are not dependent on continuous donor support
DO advocate and mediate all forms of reconciliation
DO understand that in Africa, westerners are foreigners; it is not our country, it is their country
DO allow Africans to create their own identity, visions and solutions
DON’T give handouts
DON’T give a massive infusion of resources; guard against squashing local initiative
DON’T create dependency (create independence from outside resources)
DON’T reinvent the wheel (Find out who’s doing the best, most creative and visionary work in any area and come alongside those individuals – it is to be “their” work, their way)