Joe Petrone works with the Orchard Foundation, a stewardship ministry of the C&MA. He is a partner with us, the CPD when it comes to educating people about stewardship and helping them plan for the future. While he specializes in legacy giving (blessing family and ministries at the end of life), he also helps with other types of giving, as you will read about here.
Posted by: Joe Petrone
Excerpt from: Characteristics of a Faithful Steward: Part 2 - Investing Wisely
YOUR THIRD HEAVEN BANKING ACCOUNT
Paul teaches the best investment you can make is a kingdom gift. He says to the Philippian church, who gave repeatedly to missions, “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.” (Philippians 4:17).
Paul does not say thank you to the giver of gifts, the Philippians. In the Greco-Roman period, showing thanks by reciprocity was a big deal: You do A for me, and I will do B for you. This exchange was a matter of maintaining status in the transaction of gifts. Paul ignored this custom. Why?
Joe is currently helping my wife and I put a trust together as we plan for the future, and that kind of help is available for you as well.