I’m Rusty Lewis, and I help ministry leaders accelerate generosity. I am a Vice President at Generis, having joined the team in 2001, and I’ve been blogging here since 2008.
My mission is to partner with church leaders and faith-based non-profit organizations with customized approaches and proven methods to meet each group’s unique needs to accelerate generosity.
I’ve worked with churches and organizations large and small, some of the most innovative and growing churches in America, and those embracing multi-site strategies. My client list consists of new church plants of a couple hundred people, to some of the largest congregations in the nation, one with weekend attendance over 25,000 across six locations.
I engage with clients in ministry fund development, ministry expansion projects, major donor development strategies, generosity audits, pre-campaign assessment studies, special projects, and planned giving initiatives.
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ABOUT MY BLOG
As a helpful resource to the churches I serve, I write on my blog about generosity, giving technology, gift planning, communicating generosity, church leadership, and more. I generally post new content every two weeks. To be sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe to my e-blasts and have them delivered to your email inbox.
I’ve also written a new e-book called Generosity Speaks: Designing Communication to Impact Giving. It’s full of practical information about the importance of leveraging communication tools to reach your people and accelerate generosity.
Following a fourteen-year career raising money for schools and non-profit youth groups, and serving as vice president of a $22M corporation, I joined the Generis team in 2001 to team up with a group focused on accelerating generosity toward God-inspired vision.
I earned certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2009. I hold a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Central Missouri, and I am a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).
I enjoy serving as coordinator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, teaching courses for Crown Financial Ministries, and serving as member on a number of teams for my home church.
My wife Andrea and I live in the St. Louis area and have two grown children. Andrea teaches elementary music in the Wentzville School District, and I enjoy great music (played really loudly!), golfing, motorcycle riding, and Cardinal baseball.
I love hearing from pastors and leaders across the country, so let’s connect!