Culture and the Church: Thought Shapers- Part 10: Francis Chan (Giving Globally)

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Francis Chan is the pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California.  I first heard of Francis at the Passion 2007 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia last year where he was a speaker in one of the sessions.  Francis is a great communicator of God’s Word and has a passion for the nations.  He is very real and authentic when he speaks.  There was a time a few years ago when Francis felt lead to take a break from his church to evaluate if he was where God wanted him to be.  The thing that has impressed me most, however, about Francis and his ministry is the financial plan for Cornerstone this year.  The church, under Francis’s leadership, is restructuring themselves so that they can run off of 50% of their income.  This will allow the church to give 50% of its incoming offerings to missions and the least of these.  This new restructuring is not just changing the amount of staff at the church and the priorities of the church.  It is causing them to totally change their mindset on building new projects as a church.  Instead of building a massive mega-church building, the church is building an outdoor meeting facility in order to save money and resources for the purpose of being able to give more away.  This is a huge shift.  We so often think that church is about us and what we can get while Francis is calling his church to see how much they can give.  This is a mindset change that I believe that we as an American church need to get our hearts wrapped around.