Made to Flourish

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Closing the Sunday to Monday Gap.

After years of pastoral ministry, Tom Nelson realized, with regret, he spent the majority of his time preparing Christians in his church for Sunday mornings, neglecting the rest of their lives as workers and participants in the economy.

Work needed a new story. The idea that work is a necessary evil isn't new. God designed work, from the beginning of creation, to reflect his own work in the world and in us. The goodness of this design gives purpose to our daily lives, even when it is difficult. We separate our lives into what many call the "sacred" and "secular." Church on Sunday, work on Monday.

If God created us as whole persons - persons who live, move, and have our being in a physical world with physical bodies and spiritual needs - our faith converges with our places of work. The sacred and the secular also converge, and God cares about how we live both our spiritual and physical lives.

Closing the gap between Sunday and Monday is why Made to Flourish exists. When Tom realized he committed what he calls "pastoral malpractice," neglecting to disciple his congregants in the whole of their lives, that sparked a desire to help pastors around the country avoid the same mistake. In 2015, Nelson and a team of church, business, and private sector partners launched Made to Flourish in order to "empower a growing network of pastors" to better engage, equip, and encourage each other as they integrate a more robust theology of faith, work, and economics into their churches.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Made to Flourish
10901 Lowell Ave
Suite 130
Overland Park, KS 66210


Phone: 800-583-5240

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 474062077

CEO/President: Matt Rusten / Tom Nelson


Board size: 7

Founder: Tom Nelson

Ruling year: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


We have a longing to take the gospel in all its fullness to all dimensions of human reality. Our desire is for everyone to grow in their faith and embrace the life-changing truth of the gospel in every aspect of their lives. We equip pastors with a more integral theological foundation of faith, work, and economic wisdom. We assist pastors and leaders in integrating faith, work and economic wisdom in their churches. We connect pastors in local networks for mutual learning and encouragement.

Mission statement

We empower pastors and their churches to integrate faith, work, and economic wisdom for the flourishing of their communities.

Statement of faith

Biblical Story:

We believe the grand narrative of the Bible informs our lives and directs our mission.

The biblical storyline has four major sections: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. A coherent understanding of the grand narrative of the Bible is vital to understand God's purposes and our partnership with him in his work in the world. Creation defines God's integral design for his world and describes the way the world "ought to be." The fall of humankind disintegrates every aspect of God's good design, causing a rupture in four relationships: our relationship with God, our relationship with others, our relationship with ourselves, and our relationship to the rest of the created order - this is the world "as it is." In redemption, God is renewing and reconciling all things, healing the four relationships and setting the world right. This is the world as it "can be." At the consummation of all things, God will bring to completion all that he started in creation, bringing to fulfillment his work of redemption when all things will once again bring glory to him. This is the world as it "will be." These four sections are interdependent and inform each other, and ultimately, provide a lens to interpret all of reality. Mission of God:

We believe God invites us to participate in his redemption of individuals and the renewal of all things.

Since the fall, God has been on a mission to renew all things. To do this, he chose a family (the family of Abraham) who became the nation of Israel, the people of God. In covenant with his people, God commissioned them to participate in his mission, bearing witness to him in word and deed. Though Israel often failed, the mission of God did not. The mission of God is fully revealed in the gospel, in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Through faith in Christ, we are justified and united with the triune God, and welcomed into the family of God, his church. As children of God, we are commissioned to serve as ambassadors of reconciliation and live as agents of redemption, proclaiming the gospel of God's grace to individuals and working together for the renewal of all things. We recognize renewal in this world is always incomplete, and we await the fullness of the kingdom when Christ returns.

Personal Wholeness:

We believe personal wholeness is essential for human flourishing and effective leadership. God's redemptive story moves from integration in creation to disintegration in the fall to reintegration in redemption. Just as the fall led to separation from God in every area of life, so also redemption and reconciliation lead to the reintegration of all things. God begins a project in all who are justified to become increasingly restored in the image of their creator. The Christian life is more than moral conformity. It involves the formation of our whole person into Christlikeness.

By grace and in cooperation with the Spirit, we become more like Jesus, who perfectly modeled wholeness, demonstrating a life of justice, compassion, humility, integrity, truthfulness, and sexual chastity - as Jesus affirmed, celibacy for the single man or woman and a lifelong union of male and female in marriage. He also embodied generosity, kindness, self-denial, hospitality, peacemaking, non-retaliation, doing good, forgiveness, joy, contentment, and love, combined in a life of worship, praise, and faithfulness to God. These qualities define servant leadership, which Christ himself modeled, and also calls us to exemplify.

Goodness of Work:

We believe engaging in work that leads to human flourishing is a primary way we image God. God is a worker, and his work is both intrinsically good and for the good of all creation. Since humans were created in his image, work is a key component of human dignity, even in a fallen world, and a primary way we worship God and love our neighbor. Work, whether paid or unpaid, includes all meaningful and moral activity apart from leisure and rest. Work is fundamentally about contribution, not compensation, adding value to others. God forms us through our daily work as we collaborate with one another to serve the common good in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Economic Wisdom:

We believe growing in economic wisdom is essential for glorifying God and loving our neighbor. Good intentions to serve our neighbors must be combined with sound economics if we seek to help others without hurting them. Wisdom is the biblical category for skillful living, which aligns with the moral design of God's world. Economic wisdom, then, is the skillful application of economic principles that align with God's moral order.

God's design for the economic lives of his people is embedded throughout the Bible, and is a concrete expression of his call to reflect him and love our neighbor. Several principles follow. In creation, we are given stewardship over the world so our work would make it flourish for God's glory. Since all humans are stewards, we recognize that those in need are also fellow stewards with productive potential. Through economic exchange, we work together and create value for one another. Economic systems should be grounded in human dignity and moral character, in line with a biblically robust understanding of how humans flourish. In applying economic wisdom, we should practice and encourage responsible action. As a result, we must not merely rely on good intentions alone, but ask and measure whether our economic actions are truly helping others.

Local Church:

We believe the local church is uniquely designed and empowered to promote human flourishing. The church is a creation of the Holy Spirit, designed to reveal God's glory to the world. While the church is a universal reality, Scripture most often talks about the church as a local community in place and time. Because of this reality, the church is a foretaste of the coming kingdom - a called out community empowered by the Holy Spirit and commissioned to be a counterculture for the common good. The church's mission is to join God in the renewal of all things, including individuals, institutions, cultures, and all of creation.

God has designed the church to be led by pastors, who are in turn called to equip congregants in how they can join God's mission in all of life, serving in a variety of vocations and occupations. When the church functions as it was created, it is a powerful cultural agent that brings human flourishing.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating415 of 102113 of 27
Fund acquisition rating503 of 102412 of 27
Resource allocation rating811 of 102422 of 27
Asset utilization rating79 of 10211 of 27

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$38,084$500$16,934$29,481$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$263,636$513,433$1,409,959$4,157,033$2,076,274
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$46,648$23,610$15,793$22,943$30,146
Other long-term assets$6,083$6,083$6,233$20,000$20,000
Total long-term assets$52,731$29,693$22,026$42,943$50,146
Total assets$316,367$543,126$1,431,985$4,199,976$2,126,420
Payables and accrued expenses$9,598$13,075$16,160$59,554$74,764
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$9,598$13,075$16,160$59,554$74,764
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$113,897$135,612$40,025$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$113,897$135,612$40,025$0$0
Total liabilities$123,495$148,687$56,185$59,554$74,764
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$192,872$394,439$1,375,800$4,140,422$2,051,656
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$815,536$381,898$409,948$4,740,732$2,707,537
Program service revenue$26,548$67,304$20,090$77,250$2,431
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,357$10,540$7,106$9,009$5,289
Other revenue$10,934$13,853$2,711$5,184$4,998
Total other revenue$38,839$91,697$29,907$91,443$12,718
Total revenue$854,375$473,595$439,855$4,832,175$2,720,255
Program services$889,076$1,035,737$2,651,890$2,224,537$1,277,052
Management and general$304,372$347,567$466,513$436,067$352,092
Total expenses$1,255,942$1,454,956$3,204,477$2,743,409$1,699,796
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($401,567)($981,361)($2,764,622)$2,088,766$1,020,459
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($401,567)($981,361)($2,764,622)$2,088,766$1,020,459


Kevin HarlanVP of Operations$184,954
Matthew RustenExecutive Director$168,436
Luke Brad BoboVice President of Networks$130,232
Tom NelsonPresident$100,183

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/7/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


After years of pastoring, Tom Nelson realized he committed what he calls "pastoral malpractice," neglecting to disciple his congregants in the whole of their lives. Inspired by the critical gains of the faith and work movement, he aimed to help pastors around the country avoid the same mistake.

In 2015, Nelson and a team of church, business, and private sector partners launched Made to Flourish in order to "empower a growing network of pastors" to better engage, equip, and encourage each other as they integrate a more robust theology of faith, work, and economics into their churches.

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