Cultivating a Generosity Mindset – Paul Forbes |  POD 010

Cultivating a Generosity Mindset – Paul Forbes | POD 010






Paul Forbes – Guest
Senior Vice President of Giver Experience at the National Christian Foundation

Bill Gorman – Host

Show Notes

Better Finances, Greater Impact: Cultivating a Mindset of Generosity

How should your faith intersect with your finances? On this episode of theFormed.life, we discuss the impact of financial mindset and posture, as well as the importance of implementing financial boundaries. We explore the tension around finances, reflecting on why people spend money on certain things and how this reveals what their idols are.

Our guest, Paul Forbes, shares his journey towards generosity and financial discipline despite financial constraints, and how trust in God can lead to unexpected provision. We highlight resources such as Generousgiving.org, A Journey of Generosity, and the National Christian Foundation that promote and encourage faith-based generosity. In addition, we discuss the importance of self-regulation, building financial margin, and seeking help from Christian financial professionals.

Join us as we unpack the taboo topic of money, through a biblical perspective.


Join us in this conversation about building a legacy of generosity.
  • Our mindset and approach towards money matters, and our heart motivations behind our spending and saving reveal a lot about our individual journey.
  • Giving, tithing, and being faithful in our finances can invite unexpected blessings and reveal God’s faithfulness in our lives.
  • Spending less than what we make, establishing financial boundaries, and seeking help from Christian financial professionals are practical ways to manage our finances and be generous towards others.

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Paul Forbes, Senior Vice President of Giver Experience at the National Christian Foundation,, grew up in Kansas City and was introduced to key people who helped him attend one of the academies where he studied engineering. After serving as an army officer and flying attack helicopters for peacetime, he felt led to leave the military and settle down. Forbes worked for Hallmark Cards in Mexico and facilitated mission trips for his home church, Pleasant Valley. He eventually became the executive pastor at Pleasant Valley and joined the National Christian Foundation staff 16 years ago, where he has been involved with the generosity movement.



“What you can effortlessly spend money on probably reveals what could be an idol.” – Tim Keller
— Paul Forbes


“Everything we have comes from God. Everything is his. And so just recognizing that and ultimately coming to a point asking the owner, what is it you want me to do?”
— Paul Forbes


“Still in our society, when everything’s out in the open, you can find it on the web, it’s out of the closet, the last remaining taboo is money.”
— Paul Forbes



More Than Money: Tim Keller On How To Live Generously – Article

National Christian Foundation – Website




[00:07:04] “Navigating Consumer Society with God’s Help”

[00:09:19] “Tithing, Trusting and Growing in Giving”

[00:12:13] “Money: Revealing Our Heart’s True Motivations”

[00:16:44] “Financial Advice: Ask God First, Spend Less”

[00:19:46] “Perspective on Wealth: Are You Grateful Enough?”

[00:21:46] “Finding joy and generosity in God’s gifts”

[00:25:29] “Finding contentment in financial restraint.”

[00:30:11] “Encouraging Generosity through Non-Solicitation Organization”

[00:32:23] “The Joy and Fun of Intentional Generosity”

A Lasting Legacy Can Be an Act of Faith

A Lasting Legacy Can Be an Act of Faith

A Lasting Legacy Can Be an Act of Faith

 As Christians, we are called to be stewards — stewards of our faith, of our loved ones, and of the things in our lives that God has blessed us with. Estate planning is a meaningful way to care for yourself, your family, and the communities and ministries close to your heart. 

For many Christians, this critical life task can be an important way to put their faith into action and create a lasting legacy that upholds their values and beliefs for generations to come.

Why Estate Planning?

When you make a will, you have the opportunity to contribute to the people and causes you love on your own terms. Just as God’s love sustains us and unites our communities around a shared purpose, estate planning can sustain your personal faith today, tomorrow, and for years to come. You have the power to communicate your wishes and steward your resources with care, purpose, and compassion. 

In the New Testament, we read that the early Christians were known for their radical generosity, using their resources to care for their community and some selling property and giving the proceeds to be used for those in need (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-37). 

This trajectory is rooted in the history of the Israelites setting aside the edges of their fields for gleaning by widows, orphans, the poor, and the needy (Leviticus 19:9-10, Deuteronomy 24:19-22).

Today, the seeds of generosity have been planted for you, and you can pull from these deep-rooted traditions to create an estate plan that sustains a legacy of selflessness. 


Your Faith, Your Family, Your Legacy

Estate planning is also a powerful way to communicate with your loved ones and your family. When we think of what it means to be a steward of everything God has entrusted to our care — our families, careers, and finances — it is easy to forget about the final act of stewardship we have after we leave this earth. 

How will our lifetime of stewardship impact those we love after we are gone? Creating a will empowers you to pass your faith forward and steward your resources in ways that continue to support what matters to you. You can communicate important financial, healthcare, and end-of-life wishes in your estate plan and through your last will and testament to support your family and those who may be charged with your estate. 

Getting Started with Christ Community

 As a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, our purpose is to serve you and your loved ones in your faith, influencing our community and world for Jesus Christ. That’s why we have partnered with FreeWill, a secure online estate planning resource that allows you to begin building one element of your legacy of faith – at no cost to you. 

This simple, self-guided platform offers step-by-step guidance on how to direct the use of  what God has given you in ways that honor the word and work of the Lord. 

No single generation builds a church. The beauty of Christ Community is in all of us who take up the cross, build lives around the Bible, and love the church. 


Generosity Paper

Visit FreeWill.com/cckc to get started today

Living a Generous Life: Planning a Lasting Legacy