ReImagine Generosity currently offers two results-tested, church wide campaigns that allow your community to see a measurable increase of generosity (with more to come).
Living Generously is a stewardship campaign that can transform the way your community sees generous living. The second campaign, Loving Generously, helps a congregation move from transactional generosity to relational generosity. Our third campaign, Leading Generously, helps congregations multiply their life into the lives of others, embracing a life of missional discipleship. In addition to the sermons and a small group experience, we use a five-part film series on Sunday mornings before the teaching to explore the heart of generosity and encourages families/ churches/ communities to commit to a more radical generosity modeled on the self-giving of Christ. Both of these campaigns use the unfolding story of the Donovan family as a narrative backdrop.
Here’s a peak at our Living Generously campaign.
Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Anyone who has chosen to follow Christ has found themselves with burdens that were too heavy to bear.
The phrase One To Another appears more than 90 times in the New Testament. Love one to another. Be kind one to another. Submit one to another. Jesus summed up all of these “one to another’s” in a single sentence: whatever you wish others would do for you, do also for them. This golden rule sums up the whole law he says.
We believe that One to Another (we call it 1-2-A™) is a simple idea that could change the world.
ReImagine Generosity is part of Rhemedia, a company founded in 2010, that provides a variety of content and tools to serve pastors and their churches. Our core products assist churches in running campaigns with the objective of growing financially and relationally generous churches. We also provide coaching calls to assist churches in identifying their greatest needs and objectives as we seek to tailor their campaign experience.
The effort was initiated by Jack Alexander (see below) when he felt God was calling him to use the most powerful storytelling medium of the modern age for the education and encouragement of the church. In the past three years, Rhemedia has explored its calling, established its process, and begun to build its content library. Twenty films have been completed to date, including a five-part series called Living Generously and Loving Generously. The last series in the trilogy, Leading Generously, is being developed now and will be available in January, 2014.
In each case, Rhemedia has gone to great lengths to develop films with top-notch production values. To this end, we’ve contracted with Modest, an Atlanta-area film production company, and Modest has helped to develop the structure, the scripts, and of course the extraordinary look and feel of the films. We’ve also worked with a number of individuals to develop study materials that will help the pastor, the teacher, the small group leader or even the parent use these films with spiritual profit.
Although we are only now beginning to promote the films more broadly, we have already seen Rhemedia products shown in many churches across many denominations. The feedback and the tangible results from these showings have been terrific and humbling.
We pray this effort will bring change in people’s lives to the glory of God.
Jack Alexander (our founder) graduated from Duke University and joined a Big 4 international accounting firm, then served as senior vice president for a Dutch real estate company. In 1987, partnering with Dutch billionaire John Fentener van Vlissingen, he cofounded the corporate travel management firm BCD Travel (formerly WorldTravel Partners). Jack also cofounded the travel technology firm TRX, which he grew from two employees to over 5,000. Business Travel News named him one of the Top 25 Most Influential Travel and Hospitality Executives in the world six times between 1993 and 2001, and he received a National Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst and Young in 1999 for Principle-Centered Leadership. He has coached and advised for-profit and nonprofit leaders, including Chip Ingram, Crown Financial Ministries, and FCS-Urban Ministries.
Recently, Jack ran a nonprofit that raised and disbursed money and resources to the poorest of the poor in twenty-six countries. During this time, he delved deeply into the biblical teaching of the Kingdom of God and the responsibility to the poor for those who would follow Christ. Led to Christ by the poor at a small church in Australia, but a successful entrepreneur, Jack has a rare perspective on wealth and poverty and shares that perspective frequently as a public speaker. His wife Lisa works as a nurse in an inner-city clinic that provides care to the uninsured poor. He founded Rhemedia in 2010 to tell compelling cinematic stories that help modern audiences engage with biblical truths, especially truths around the sacrificial, generous life to which all followers of Christ are called.
Patty Wyngaard serves as the General Manager for ReImagine Generosity. Graduating with a prestigious magna cum laude degree from Virginia Tech, she and her husband Peter have been entrepreneurs for over a decade, as they have started various businesses, grown them and sold them to others. They have been leaders in several church contexts; including church planting and leadership training and development for pastors and spouses across the United States. God has blessed them with three kids: Makena, Ike and Edy.
Doug and Elizabeth Paul form the marketing and branding team for ReImagine Generosity. Doug has been a teaching pastor at two mega-churches, planted a church and trained pastors in Learning Communities all over the United States to put discipleship and mission at the center of everything they do. Elizabeth is an advertising executive, working on brands like Walmart, Coke, Johnson & Johnson and many more. They have three wonderful kids: Avery, Judah and Sam.
ReImagine Generosity is an initiative to inspire churches and Christians to a whole new level of service, giving and disciple making. In less than a year, this initative has taken hold in over 100 churches across all denominational lines.
Tens of millions of dollars have been raised for the Kingdom, orphanages have been built, lay led ministries have been launched (click here for pastor testimonials).
Galatians 3:8 says that “God first preached the gospel to Abraham” and said “all the nations will be blessed through you.” The root word of generosity, genus, literally means to beget. This is core to our purpose for existence…to plant seeds that result in crops, children, businesses, etc. As an old oilman said, “we were created to be pipelines not wells.” A generous life causes us to move towards others in love to allow God’s grace, truth, mercy and resources to flow through us.
We have developed a three phase messaging that can bring holistic generosity to the church.
Phase 1- Generosity- Life Stewardship
This is about ME. To what extent do I allow God’s blessings of time, talent and treasure to flow through me to bless others. Our product, Living Generously, is a 5 week multi-media study for the church and small groups. The story exhibits key teachings of giving God our first and best, becoming poor in spirit and understanding the laws of sowing and reaping.
Phase 2- Generosity- Relational Generosity
This is about YOU and ME. In Matthew 5:24, Jesus says “leave your gift at the altar, go and be reconciled to your brother.” He is instructing us on the priority of relational generosity. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Our product, Loving Generously, is a 5 week multi-media study for the church and small groups. The story exhibits key teachings of love and reconciliation, as well as the importance of community and the poor.
Phase 3- Generosity- Sacrificial Generosity
This is about YOU. We believe that the highest call of generosity is to serve others and through discipleship allow God to reproduce Christ in them. We call this giving of your essence, not just your excess. This is the kenosis, the emptying, of Philippians 2 where Jesus “made Himself nothing and took on the form of a servant.” Our product, Leading Generously, is a 5 week multi-media study for the church and small groups. This will be available in January, 2014.
The primary definition of Generosity is “high born.” It reflects that we were created by God and for God. As Christians, we are born from above…we are all highborn!! Paul says, “what do you have that you have not received?” We hope that you respond to the Generosity Initiative..to unleash the church and it’s people in a new way!