AG Podcast E17: John Read: Falling in Love with the Generosity of God
Today’s guest is the CEO of Heritage Ministry Solutions, John Read. 35 years ago, he met Christ through a wonderful woman named Patty who he was dating at the time. Patty is now his wife and she was the one who introduced him to Christ. After she introduced him to Christ, he began to read the Bible starting from Genesis 1:1.
That was when he read about Tithe. Patty explained to him that this is the practice of giving 10% of what we receive back to God. So that very next Sunday, he wrote a check for his 10% to give to the church. He has been a Christian for about 35 years now and he has learned a lot. He has learned that properly applied stewardship becomes generosity. Writing a check for 10% is easy but then he realized that God wants so much more than that. We have a God who gave it all and he started to think how he didn’t know how to give it all. And John loves Him for His generosity.
That started him in the path of stewardship. What we give to Him is not a gift but it is the practice of us returning what we have loaned from Him like how a father loans his car to his child for a while. We’re not the owners, He is the proprietor so we are returning the Tithe to Him.
John didn’t just want to be obedient, he wanted to be a blessing to the Lord. He wanted to go beyond so that God and spending a lot of time in churches made him understand that we are a stewardship organization. He realized that what we return to God was an investment. We give to Him and he gives back to us with interest. It doesn’t just end with money and he started to invest more than the 10% that was written in the Bible but more. He gave more because he trusted God. He gave more than money because the economy of Heaven isn’t money, it’s the people. So he gave more and the return he got was the lighted hearts of people and making a difference in the kingdom.
He loved it. He fell in love and continued going even when he started to no longer be satisfied. Instead of stopping, he prayed with Patty to God to show what this meant. And God answered by guiding him towards the Crown Financial Ministries and he joined the stewardship. God guided him through his entire journey from Crown Financial Ministries to becoming a staff of a Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he continued to serve in a neat stewardship, discipleship, administrative type of role. It was during that time that God challenged him into creating the Heritage Ministry Solution where they train churches to manage God’s money to amplify its effectiveness among their congregations and among the kingdom itself. They got a lot of clients and it might look like accountancy but they also provided a discipleship and stewardship, coaching, financial training, and overall financial consulting.
Heritage Ministry Solution has been in business for about 15 years now and John is loving every minute of what they do. And it all started that one day that John read about that 10%. It grew because of his love for God’s generosity.
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Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions. Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing – advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way – through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God’s work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org