Financial Considerations for Ministries

Published on: March 1, 2014

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When I was new to Unity, I knew another newbie who exercised her faith by writing checks and affirming the money would be in her account by the time the check cleared the bank. While in some ways I admired her moxie, I also questioned her “spiritual” practice!

Charles Fillmore taught prosperity comes to us through divine ideas. That means prosperity comes when our minds can perceive the good that is here and now. It may not be in the form we expect, i.e., we may not have the money, but there can be no shortage of supply being offered in this moment.

So, if not in money, how does that supply show up?

Unquestionably, our greatest resource is one another. For Unity Worldwide Ministries, our greatest prosperity lies within the talents, the wisdom and the desire of people to share Unity principles with the world. It is in cheerful giving that prosperity in all its forms—money, right relationships, wellbeing and fulfilment—goes from potential to full expression.

Many of us are aware that giving trends in most denominations, and indeed, in our own churches, have declined over the last half decade; however, philanthropic giving itself is quite strong. We know people desire to give, for giving is our divine impetus. So, when we experience a financial decline, are we out of sync with Spirit? Or are we out of sync with the culture in which we find ourselves?

Research shows today’s givers are more intentional about the impact of their gift. Likewise, Unity Worldwide Ministries, as an organization, is becoming more intentional about how the dollars we have can positively impact those we serve. The questions we are asking include: What products and services do we offer? Are they still pertinent to today’s needs and demands? How do we deliver them? And most importantly, how do we utilize and engage one another to explore our collective potential and contribute something of value to the world?

“For God so loved the world he gave …” is a quick reminder that, when resources seem inadequate, we are called to feel the love and see the prosperity that is already given. Declining trends simply call us to change, adapt, re-evaluate and ultimately, discover new ways of being in relationship with our world. In so doing, we come to know the certainty of the divine substance in which we live, move and have our being.

Donna Johnson

Rev Donna Johnson is the President and CEO at Unity Worldwide Ministries.

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