Meet Jim

 

What is the platform for your Accelerating Generosity Blog?

I am co-Lead Navigator of Generis, a consulting firm comprised of believers committed to accelerating generosity toward God-inspired vision. I am passionate about helping believers understand the role of generosity in becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ. In this blog, I’ll share thoughts and observations gleaned from 17+ years of working with churches and their people. For more about me and my role at Generis, click here.

What did you do before Generis?

I was a corporate financial guy. My background is accounting and finance. In my last corporate job, I was Senior VP and CFO of the brokerage subsidiary of a major NYSE financial services firm.

How did you get into consulting with churches on stewardship and generosity?

I became a Christian in 1983 and I started becoming a generous Christian in 1985. I served in stewardship and generosity ministries in my church and really felt like it was a gift and a passion. In late 1991, I went through a spiritual pilgrimage where I believed I had been called to the pastorate. The end of that journey was a “No” and two words from God — “Be Still”. For the record, I am not good at “be still.” In June 1992, God intervened in my corporate career, moving me out of the company as a result of a buy out and subsequent reorganization.  I spent the summer of 1992 trying to discover what God wanted me to do vocationally. In September 1992, I began working with the firm that would today be Generis.

Church home?

Perimeter Church in Duluth, GA. I serve as an Elder there and also give leadership to the Generosity Ministry.

Family?

Yes. I met my wife Nancy on a blind date at the University of Georgia in Fall 1975. We married in 1979. We have two girls, Anna (married to David) and Emily. We live in the Berkeley Lake area of Atlanta.

Favorite Movies?

Good question. Remember The Titans, Papillon (I’ve seen it about 12 times),Caddyshack (I don’t care who you are, this is funny!), Saving Private Ryan, The Passion, Patton, Pink Panther (still cracks me up), As Good As It Gets, The Matrix, The Help.

Music?

Ha! My ipod is pretty diverse. No opera, classical or hard core rap, but a lot of everything else. Rock, jazz, oldies, country (new style), AC, R & B, urban (Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys are really good), worship, Christian rock and anything else that sounds good. Favorites include: Adele (wow, can she sing!!), Keith Urban, Maroon 5,One Republic, Darius Rucker, Chris Tomlin (and anything from Passion City Church), Sugarland, Thompson Square, Aaron Shust, Bon Jovi, Clapton, Santana, John Legend, Dave Matthews, Eagles, Jeremy Camp, Matchbox Twenty, Rascal Flatts, Switchfoot, Third Day, U2, Kings Of Leon, Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Casting Crowns, Daughtry, The Fray, Matt Nathanson.

Favorite Books?

Contagious Generosity. But that’s because I am the co-author!

Other favorite books. That’s a hard one. I try to read a lot. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey is a killer business book. Anything Jim Collins writes. Some of my other favorites include A Whole New Mind (Daniel Pink), Leadership On The Line (Ron Heifitz), The World Is Flat (Tom Friedman), Millenium Matrix (Rex Miller), anything by Seth Godin or Ken Blanchard, 7 Habits of Highly Succcesful People, The Long Tail, The Collapse Of Distinction, anything by Tim Keller.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? Oh, that. I like to play golf. I love to hunt (mostly upland) and fish but I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I want. I like goofing off by the pool when the weather is nice — a good book and my iPod are important.

Favorite quotes?

I have a lot of them. Two of my favorites are:

“You were born an original, don’t die as a carbon copy.”

“You don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand.” Rick Warren (I like this one because it really challenges me on a personal level each day)