Why Should You Give to ACT 3?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Donors and Funding

I often consider why questions. Why should I pray? Why should I faithfully attend and support my church? Why should I give to Christian missions and specific workers? Today I want to answer the why question about my work and the mission of ACT 3. Why should you give (or consider giving) to ACT 3? The vision of missional-ecumenism is … Read More

Donor Fatigue?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Donors and Funding

It is my intentional practice to rarely ask for donor support, through this blog or by any other means. We do not do donor meals, donor fund-raising specials or phone calling for support. I actually know most of our donors personally and most of them do not need to be reminded that we need their support. Historically ACT 3 has … Read More

What Do You Really Sacrifice for the Kingdom?

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding, Money & Stewardship, Wealth

Self-denial is generally misunderstood by Christians. The common wisdom seems to be that self-denial is denying yourself something that you should not do in the first place. Such is simply not the case. We truly deny ourselves when we refuse to do something that we are free to do but then choose to surrender because of the Spirit’s leading us … Read More

Help Determine CNN’s Top Hero for 2010

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding, Leadership, Personal

I do not normally promote a cause like this, in fact I cannot ever remember doing so on my blog spot, but today I make an exception. Two long time good friends of mine in California, Scott and Kim Reno, have a special relationship with a brother who has been nominated for an award to soon be given by CNN. … Read More

Give Me Neither Poverty Nor Riches

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding, Personal, Poverty, Wealth

The wise man wrote: “Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name” (Proverbs 30:8b-9, NLT). America is truly the richest nation in the world, … Read More

The Financial Needs of ACT 3 at the End of 2007

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding

Each year the mission of ACT 3 depends on year-end donations to make the difference in meeting our budget and finishing the calendar year without debt. This is no less true in 2007 than in the past. We have improved our situation by adding more regular donors, including many who use our secure Web site donations feature, but our cash … Read More

Bill Clinton on Giving and the Rise of Volunteerism

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding

Whenever an ex-president releases a new book there is considerable buzz in the media. When Bill Clinton released a new book in Chicago this week the buzz was more than considerable. President Clinton’s new book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World (Knopf 2007), is sure to provoke good and important discussion. My hope is that those who … Read More

How You Can Help Me and ACT 3

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding

In our May 14-16 annual meeting, the board of ACT 3 adopted a ten-year vision plan that grew out of a deep unity God granted to us. We believe that God gave this overall plan and then confirmed it with a strong case for this ministry. This statement can be found on our Web site home page in “The Case … Read More

Americans Giving at Record Numbers

John ArmstrongDonors and Funding

Charitable giving in America has risen for the third consecutive year. The picture behind this recent report is rather interesting. Due to the absence of natural disasters, both nationally and internationally, large giving to major relief projects declined. Giving to human services also fell. The giving of corporate America rose only 1.5%. But in a shift from previous years giving … Read More