We’re starting a new ministry to help churches and ministries pursue racial reconciliation and equitable funding models. We’re calling it 58 (after Isaiah 58) and would like to introduce it to you.

This introduction has been years in the making…

Earlier this year we branched out and started a new ministry to help further the conversation around equitable funding models that would provide justice for ethnic minority fundraisers.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

Last year we put on Justice in Funding Mission: CCDA Pre-Conference with the hope that there were others who cared about making support raising more just. More than 100 ministry leaders from around the country would ultimately attend.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

2 years ago I began my Doctor of Missiology at Fuller Seminary to pursue research into how ministries change support raising to be more equitable and just for their teams.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

3 years ago I wrote a blog post, How Support Raising Keeps Parachurch Ministries White, that added my voice to the chorus ringing out from my ethnic minority brothers and sisters. The response to the post (it’s still read by 10 people every day) was my first sign that there was a movement growing around the call for a change to the way support raising is done.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

5 years ago I laid in bed devastated from reading a journal article from sociology Ph.D. student from the University of Chicago entitled: “Diversity, Donations, and Disadvantage: The Implications of Race, Class, and Gender for Personal Fundraising in Evangelical Missions” and my heart broke. I was crushed by the realization that the support raising system I was a part of was deeply unjust…and I had been completely unaware because of my own privilege.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

10 years ago we returned from ministry in the 10/40 Window and began serving among U.S. Latino college students. We found a community of students passionate about Jesus, ready to change their campuses for the better, but prevented from living out their callings in our ministry because of systemic disadvantage in support raising.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

Decades ago in ministries around the country ethnic minorities spoke up and wrote papers about how their ministries needed to change if they were going to become genuinely racially reconciled. These papers still exist, along with the issues presented in them. But the ethnic minorities who first raised them are long gone.

But the story doesn’t begin there…

Thousands of years earlier an itinerant Jewish Rabbi told his followers, “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

But the story doesn’t begin there…

3,000 years ago a prophet spoke to power from the margins. The chapter that contains his message would be the inspiration of the name of our new ministry, Isaiah 58:

“If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anythingrestore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again.

The story begins here:

The story of justice, equity, dignity, and flourishing begins in the heart of God. When He created mankind in His Image, the Imago Dei, He set in motion this grand story.

Join us.

If you desire to see a more just, equitable model for spreading the Good News of Jesus to the world, contact us. 

Join a learning community.

Invite us to come and consult your ministry.

We’re just another chapter in the story, another leg on the relay. Let’s run together as fast as we can for justice.

This story is straight from the heart of God.