Apostle Paul’s Fundraising Economic Theory of Savings and Social Change

Iddrisu Shaibu AdamORCID iD

Issue: Vol.6  No.6 September 2020 5th Anniversary Special Edition  Article 1 pp. 274-280 DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020091    |   Published online 4th September 2020. © 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


This article critically explores the idea of savings from the New Testament perspective, particularly, using the Pauline fundraising strategy. It argues that the direction given by Apostle Paul regarding the fundraising of the Gentile Christians constitute an informal economic theory of savings. Content analysis was used in reviewing relevant literature for the study. It was established that the directions Paul gave to the Gentile Christians regarding the fund raising constitute informal savings principles. Additionally, Pauline fundraising strategies was eschatological and relational in nature. The paper concludes that Paul’s fundraising was centered on three concepts namely, generosity, gratitude and mission. In this regard, Paul’s fundraising economic theory had the sole aim of bringing social change in the lives of the Jewish Christians.

Keywords: Fundraising, Economic, Theory, Judeo-Christian, Gentiles, Savings and Generosity

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Iddrissu A. Shaibu (PhD), a lecturer with the Department of Religion and Human Values, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast- Ghana, received his MPhil and Ph.D. from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He joined the department in 2005 as a teaching assistant and through a dint of hard work became a lecturer at the department in 2012 to date. He teaches in the area of Church and Society and his major research interest centers around Early Church history, Church and finance and New Religious Movements. E-mail: isadam@ucc.edu.gh

Shaibu, Iddrisu A., “Apostle Paul’s Fundraising Economic Theory of Savings and Social Change” E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies – 5th Anniversary Special Edition 6, no.6 (2020): 274-280 https://doi.org/10.38159/erats.2020091

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