Vision and Fulfillment
On April 27, 2019, the Good Sense Movement community gathered for our Annual Vision Night in Crystal Lake, IL. As a virtual organization, gathering us in one room allows us to reconnect, share a meal together and celebrate the God-given vision we are running after in the next year! This year, the sold-out event created a room full of energy, lots of laughter and a commitment to continue honoring the work God has done in and through our collective efforts.
“When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:19-20 MSG
I cannot read this verse without thinking of Vision Night! We got together here on Earth and our Father went into action. The visualization of God moving and acting is powerful. Since day one, Good Sense Movement has followed after what God is planning. Now, we’re seeing that our feeble minds expected so much less of God than He had in view. He was moving in a way we could not imagine.
In 2017, we announced a grand vision to impact one million lives by 2025. We focused our team efforts on selling resources to equip churches. Not a bad goal. But God had SO MUCH MORE in mind. As He worked in Good Sense, He was also working in many other organizations – preparing the path for partnerships we call Stewardship Champions. This year, we have developed a process for identifying and engaging Stewardship Champions. We are seeking organizations who are (1) faith based; and (2) about life transformation. It’s that simple.
Once identified we begin building a relationship, vetting what makes sense for both organizations to make the most impact, creating landing pages on one another’s websites, learning about cross-promotional marketing, sharing monthly on the metrics of impact in Chicagoland, the US and world-wide and planning strategically for the coming months. We have Stewardship Champions who offer a service, sell a resource, provide financial counseling, create community learning groups, connected to churches, focused on economic injustices, offering financial advice all the while desiring for God to move larger than we can ourselves.
God is growing a team of which Good Sense is a part. He is teaching us to dream larger than ourselves and we are having so much fun getting to work with other teams. This impact now includes Good Sense resources, our team member’s efforts, online community, the work of our partners who we call Stewardship Champions and more. Perhaps our goal of impacting a million lives by 2025 is not only attainable but actually too conservative –unreal! Truly our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Check out the article on Christian Credit Counselors for more information on one of our Stewardship Champions.
What can I do?
First, pray. We ask that you join our prayer chaplain and our team to pray for growth of the movement…not for the sake of growth…but for the expanded impact the movement can have on real people – their finances and ultimately their lives.
Second, serve. Get involved as a volunteer by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our current open positions.
Third, shop. One way to support the efforts of GSM year round is to create an Amazon SMILE account, by going to SMILE.AMAZON.COM. Select Good Sense as the not for profit you would like to support. Then, do all of your normal shopping and GSM gets % back when you shop. It’s that easy! Just a reminder to add the “smile” in front of amazon.com.
Fourth, donate. One time donations are great but ongoing automatic monthly donations are very powerful. We estimate that for every $100 donated a person is able to be trained, identify their positive and negative habits, be discipled, and ultimately transformed….. so if you feel led please donate online at www.goodsensemovement.org/donate. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible and will help us meet the goal of impacting 1 Million people by 2025.
Brooke Bartlow and The Good Sense Team