Jim Sheppard

Jim Sheppard is CEO and principal of Generis, a consulting firm committed to accelerating generosity toward God-inspired vision. He is an avid student of generosity and is passionate about spreading it throughout the church. For over 18 years (starting in September 1992), he has devoted his life to the passion of helping church people become more generous.

Jim is a frequent writer on generosity and ministry funding. His articles have been featured in NACBA Ledger, Your Church, Church Business, Church Solutions, Worship Facilities and BuildingForMinistry.com.

He is also an inspirational speaker and he has spoken at a number of national church related conferences including WFX (Worship Facilities), National Association of Church Business Administrators, Christian Leadership Alliance and National Association of United Methodist Foundations. Jim is active in sharing his thoughts about generosity through Twitter and his blog: www.jimsheppard.net.

In his previous career, Jim was a CPA and Chief Financial Officer for a major division of a NYSE financial services firm. Based on his business experience and his 17+ years of experience in his current field, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Generis as CEO & Principal, advising clients in matters of church growth, strategic planning and financial administration. He understands the financial challenges that churches face today—annual giving, debt, capital projects and planned giving—and is a positive force in bridging these global needs with the power of spiritually motivated stewardship.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia and is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) and the National Association of Church Business Administrators (NACBA).

Jim and his wife Nancy have two daughters, Anna and Emily, and live in Atlanta. He is actively involved in his church where he serves as an officer and provides leadership to the Generosity Ministry Team.

Jim Sheppard Posts
  • Unleash The Difference Makers

    I spend a lot of time in churches with church leaders and their people. I gave a lot of thought to... Read more

  • Generosity Is Systemic

    What if you could punch the “increase giving” button in your church and watch generosity... Read more

  • The Greatest Obstacle To Living Generously

    We spend a lot of time worrying about stuff we have no control over. The economy is a GREAT... Read more

  • Generosity Is The New Evangelism

    The truth is that God doesn’t need our money, but He knows that our orientation toward money... Read more

  • Generosity: Why Should I Care?

    Given the challenges that many individuals, families, and churches are now facing in the aftermath... Read more

  • What Is Generosity?

    Generosity is one of the most significant movements within the evangelical community, but it is... Read more

  • The Most Critical Decision You’ll Make In Church Planting

    Recently, I had a conversation with a church planter that reminded me of the most critical decision... Read more

  • Unleash The Difference Makers

    I spend a lot of time in churches with church leaders and their people. I gave a lot of thought to... Read more

  • Fund Your New Church: 6 Questions For Church Planters

    Recently, I asked Brad Leeper of our GENERIS team to help me take on 6 key questions for church... Read more

  • The Indispensable Ingredient

    I was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago to attend the Harbor Presbyterian MultiSite 3.0... Read more

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