Becoming a Sustaining Partner of Sustainable Faith

 

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As many of you know, Sandy & I are trainers in the ancient art of spiritual direction, working with the Schools of Sustainable Faith. We just completed our first full year of training, graduating 27 students from our three 2015-16 Year One classes. Right now, we’re developing a new set of Year One training classes here in the Heartland for the 2016-17 school year and it looks as though at least 75% of our graduating students from Year One plan to continue their training into Year Two as well!

Sustainable Faith has been offering training courses in spiritual direction since 2008, and as of today, there are nearly 1,000 graduates around North America, and in Europe as well! The ministries of Sustainable Faith continue to grow, and today, we are now the largest spiritual direction training group in North America!

Sandy & I are convinced that God is working through this wonderful organization, and we’d like to share this opportunity for you to be a part of all SF is doing around the world. There are two ways you can help. Here’s an informational letter from Dave Nixon, Founding Director of Sustainable Faith, informing you about an immediate way you can respond…

GIVING OPTION 1

It’s not often that an opportunity like the following comes our way. Two long-time supporters of Sustainable Faith have created a $20K challenge gift for us. They will give their gift $20K when we’ve raised $20K in matching gifts! I’m happy to report we’ve already raised $8K of the $20K needed. Only $12K to go!

Would you consider helping us meet this goal and take advantage of this great opportunity?

Sustainable Faith continues to experience great growth, and because we: 1) plant training groups wherever invitations exist; 2) work out of homes; and 3) train people on the ground to carry it forward, today we’ve become the largest spiritual direction training group in North America. With that kind of growth comes the need for some un-sexy but very necessary infrastructure: admin support, bookkeeping / accounting, and growing our employee base among other things.

Your gift helps us achieve our mission and reach big goals:

  • spread a culture of discipleship to Jesus
  • grow a powerful community of listeners
  • widen the net of pastoral care
  • create a scholarship fund for students
  • underwrite the development of new teachers
  • generously compensate our existing teachers
  • sow into Europe and other countries
  • bring on 1 additional employee
  • set aside 3% of payroll toward a retirement plan
  • retain professional bookkeepers

With a small act of kindness, you could help us right now reach some very big goals. You can give according to your means towards this matching gift plan via this link.

GIVING OPTION 2

A second way you can support the work of Sustainable Faith is by becoming a Sustaining Member of SF in the amount of $10 or more via a monthly gift to Sustainable Faith.  Through your monthly, on-going donation, the cumulative for our nonprofit impact is seismic. And here’s why …

Almost 1,000 students have now gone through at least Year 1 of our formation program. It’s a number that boggles my mind. If the majority of our current and former students contributed at this basic sustaining membership level, we could meet the needs for infrastructure and for mission.

As a Sustaining Member, your monthly gift enables us, among other things, to:

  • spread a culture of discipleship to Jesus
  • grow the net of pastoral care
  • have for the very first time a dedicated scholarship fund for students
  • underwrite the development of new teachers, increasing our capacity
  • continue our generous arrangement with our teachers (we’ve given back 80% of the revenues!)
  • sow into Europe and other countries
  • pay an interim director
  • set aside 3% of payroll toward a retirement plan
  • retain professional bookkeepers

We’re a frugal and generous organization. On the frugal side, we have no offices, only 1 full-time employee, and accomplish much of our mission through the hospitality of others. On the generous side, 80% of our revenues have gone right back to our teachers in order to bless them, incentivize them, and spread this ministry. Additionally, we’ve made about a $20K investment in launching indigenous schools in Europe, starting with the Netherlands.

We’re grateful for what God has done and is doing among us; we’re hopeful and expectant for what lies ahead; and we’d love for you to be a part of what unfolds. You can start easily right here.

You can give according to your means and desire via this link.

Much love,

DaveNixon

God’s peace to you and yours, Dave Nixon,
Director, Sustainable Faith

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