Redemptive Gift of the Giver

"Givers" are also known as "Contributors" or "Investors". Ironically “Givers” are sometimes perceived as greedy, but that is because it is important for them to make a wise “investment”. Perhaps a better description of this redemptive gift would be “investor” but that word did not exist in Paul’s time.

Their most important principle: Stewardship

  • They have a generational world view.
  • They are intentionally trying to prepare the next generation (usually their family).
  • They are willing to sacrifice their own peace and security for the sake of their children.
  • They think long term.
  • They are usually very private in their own lives.
  • They are very concerned about the reputation of their spouses or families.
  • They usually avoid spiritual warfare or evangelisation by delegating it to other. That does not mean they are against it. They just do not want to do it themselves.
  • Their view of the poor is that “the poor is poor because they mishandled their money”.
  • They like to keep all options open as long as possible because of their immense creativity.
  • They are concerned about the preservation, quality and preparation of life (old age, children,…).

Strengths

  • They are very flexible.
  • They are very independent.
  • They handle problems on their own.
  • They cannot be manipulated and they can quickly detect and resist false information or agendas.
  • They give well and they give wisely. They usually avoid investing in start ups or any high risk projects with low potential of return.
  • They astute at finding opportunities, unseen options or moments that other people miss.
  • They can also work with people with conflicting world views and theologies.
  • They have a spiritual authority to protect new births.

Weaknesses

  • They tend to be very generous in outside giving, but very economically and frugal at home.
  • They do not learn from past’s mistakes because they see each situation as unique.
  • They seem to struggle to be grateful as they usually perceive the world as owning them something or that it is appropriate for things to come to them based upon their hard work or smart ideas.

Caution

They find fulfilment in being able to provide for the next generation or to store up for the future, however this tends to motivate them to find safety and security in material things like assets, finance, networks, head counts, instead of trusting God. They easily give out of their abundance, but it is very hard for them to trust in God's provision when their are no evidence of any kind of return.


Based on the teachings of Kanaan Ministries and Arthur Burk of the Sapphire Leadership Group.