I often think of a passage in 1 Corinthians 9, where Paul speaks about his evangelism methodology. One specific statement stands out: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” Paul is talking about adapting his methods without sacrificing his mission.
Leadership is a process of constantly maturing and adapting. When I became president of WatersEdge in 2002, I had a specific vision for accomplishing our mission. The years have brought blessings from the Lord, allowing WatersEdge to multiply our impact as we continued pursuing our purpose of financially empowering donors and ministries to transform lives with the Gospel. Time has brought growth, too. I’ve realized that, as Paul taught the Corinthian church, sometimes the methods must change.
There’s a significant change coming to WatersEdge this summer. For the first time in our organization’s 75-year history, we will begin offering investment opportunities to individuals. Similar to the investments we already provide to churches, these cash growth opportunities will feature above-market yields and a variety of short- to mid-term investment windows to meet the unique needs of our clients.
It’s been a long journey to reach this point. What encourages me as we embark on this new chapter are the many Oklahoma Baptists who have inquired about individual investments over the years. They proved that many believers aren’t simply looking for the best return possible for their money—they’re looking to invest in something that impacts eternity.
That’s why we’re calling this new opportunity “Kingdom Investments.” WatersEdge will use the invested funds we receive from individuals, like you, to provide competitive loans to Southern Baptist churches seeking to purchase, build, renovate or refinance their facilities. The loan interest paid by these congregations provides the return on your investment.
The need for church financing continues to grow, and Kingdom Investments are crucial to providing for this need. Your investment allows WatersEdge to continue to offer loans to congregations in Oklahoma and across the country, often at better rates than are available from traditional, for-profit lending institutions. It’s a win-win—individuals get a great rate to grow God-given assets and the chance to invest in Kingdom work, while local churches get the funds they need to continue changing lives with the good news of Jesus Christ.
We’ve adapted our methods, but we haven’t lost sight of our mission. Join our email list to receive updates about the launch of Kingdom Investments and your opportunity to be among the first investors at WatersEdgeServices.org/invest.