First Time Visitors
We want to take this opportunity and thank you for visiting with us! God has placed a calling on each of our lives. At Kings Counsel & Trust, we want to match the right people together to successfully accomplish great works for the benefit of Kingdom beneficiaries!
Who We Are
There are several ways to become a part of Kings Counsel & Trust; from investors to philanthropists; administrators and managers; subject matter experts or professionals .
King Counsel & Trust, LLC (KCT) is the managing trustee of a single family office, Kings Counsel & Trust Family Office (KCTFO) is designed specifically to serve and enhance the relationships of the Kingdom Family of Faith (KCT Family Members).
To optimize the probability of long-term success (sustainability) KCT uses a proprietary iMap alignment solution, a three-fold impact assessment process based on relationship skills, values and beliefs, and life experience to better connect equally-yoked relationships and strategic philanthropy opportunities.
KCTFO also underwrites and hosts a virtual peer to peer, social enterprise community, better known as Kings Counsel. Organized in 2005, and launched in 2006, the connectivity of KCT relationships spans more than 50 countries, hundreds of registered users, and even more “Friends of Family” with a privileged list of vetted Opportunities with disruptive technologies that could potentially impact the lives of billions!
We believe that each member of KCT should understand and agree to the Declaration of Trust (Interdependence).
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Is This For You?
In an effort to match the right people and organizations together, we have set different categories below. Please select the desired category that fits with your calling for more information.
- Volunteer (someone who wants to give of their time to help out)
- Provision Provider (Donor, Grantor, Investor)
- Spiritual Advisor (no self-appointment please, must be in a position of leadership by a recognized body)
To help understand if this is right for you, we've put together a Significance Self-Assessment Form.
Before We Begin...
Is what I do creating any real change, having any real impact? Will I leave a legacy for my children’s children, or will they be worse off than I am today?
You owe it to yourself to find out what is between you and bringing about lasting change to fulfill the desires of your heart.
What would it be like to live out the Book of Acts in the modern day, to send, or to be sent, knowing that you already have all that you need wherever you go as a “Kingdom Ambassador” of the One, True, and Living God?
Obviously, you would be completely debt free, and have all that you require to live wherever in the world you go … how would you describe your life of freely giving of your time, talent, and treasure? What condition would you find your temple? And whom would you touch?
- How would that make you feel?
- What would you do differently?
- Who would you do it with?
- Where would you do it?
Why are we doing this?
In one word, the root of the global pandemic is, "trust" or more specifically, the lack thereof.
Are you trustworthy? How would we know? We intend to find out…
Bottom Line: Without trust there is no transaction or exchange, and without transactions or exchanges, there is no economy. No enterprise can thrive in a failing economy. And thus, without economy as we know it, there are no jobs. Without trust, we have nothing … and without God, we are nothing, so we learn to do at least one of two things to meet our needs:
rely on ourselves; and/or
rely on others and/or things
The Fallen Nature of Man
From the earliest time that the world strikes us as uncaring and untrustworthy we begin to build strategies to avoid pain. Since we feel such pain we conclude that surely trusting (God or people) is not the right answer. If we can’t trust others to provide what we need then we become pro-active in manipulating them to give us what we demand. We need to get control … the opposite of trusting God.
Our pursuit after this goal can be all consuming and it is marked by its obsession with control, “God cannot be trusted to provide my deepest needs so I must go after them myself.”
Fallacy of Authority
You’ve probably noticed that most biblically-based advice on the topic of tithing, giving, stewardship, and marketplace entrepreneurship is all starting to sound and look the same. Additionally, you’ve probably noticed that most professional legal, tax, and financial services advisors, including private equity, venture capital, and other charitable service organizations are all really selling the same things.
How they sell it is another issue altogether, albeit under the guise of social responsibility (SRI); corporate sustainability (CSR); environmental, social and governance (ESG); biblical values (BRI); sin stocks vs. saint stocks; impact investing; and the like.
But in the end, after more decades of research and analysis on the subject matter, the results are basically the same. This is largely because most advisors (secular and religious) don’t know or really understand the inherent differences in “values” of their clients and congregation from one faith to another. Values are unique to an individual and transcend through all forms of religious denomination, culture and/or country demographics.
This fallacy of authority can often leave a man frustrated, confused and completely disenfranchised. Where is the Spirit of God in the midst? This is a HUGE problem in more ways than one.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
What Are We Doing?
Clearly lacking with what is most important to humanity worldwide you will discover how the Kings Counsel & Trust Family Office is set apart with its blue ocean strategy as you flush out and develop your own complementary strategy aligned with the KCT Family and that of the Great Commission.
Bottom Line: There are four key things that Kingdompreneurs and their Beneficial Organizations can do to thrive in this unprecedented marketplace reality. The first requires a shift in mind-set beginning with a genuine desire to shift from living as a selfish “Consumer” to that of a generous “Creator” with God (from survival to growth … from one side of the cross to the other). The second requires creating a culture that supports the shift with leaders who reproduce leaders. The third is creating the capacity for change. And, the fourth, is to cultivate the kind of servant-leadership that can “walk the talk” of the culture and develop talent to its fullest.
“It’s one thing to get out of jail;
it’s an entirely different skill set altogether to stay out and never go back.”
To accommodate such a holistic process, we integrate three distinctly different, yet interdependent concepts together as one living organism that heretofore only existed as amputated body parts.
- Kingdom Ambassadorship:
Who we are: a family of interdependent relationships re+presenting Jesus to this generation with the Gospel of the Kingdom;
- Kingdom Heritage:
What we do: holistic family planning geared to training and equipping with eternal principles or truth to raise up the next generation to be more effective than its predecessor (accomplished through servant-leadership, counsel, education, training, faith, truth, understanding, prophecy, stewardship, discipleship, communications, entrepreneurship, etc.)
- Kingdom Resources:
How we do it: Through trust “in” Yahweh (NOT legal “without”) the Kingdom Family of Faith … by the grace of God, with the mercy of God, for the glory of God: (stone soup).
Bottom Line: Trust is the primary factor in how people bond together, work together, listen to one another, and build effective relationships. Yet many people are unaware of the actions that influence trust. Trust and transparency are critical links to all good relationships, personal and professional, beginning with God.
Redemption, Repentance and Recovery
Telling our stories to one another in an environment of love and trust is what true intimate relationship is about. In so doing, we step out from our safety control mechanisms and engage with people without fear, pretense or reservation.
It will hurt and be incredibly scary, but we must engage in the messy and painful work of properly relating to one another … putting our heart on the line, giving until we don’t think we can give anymore and facing the terrifying prospect of rejection. From the foundation of “I believe God”, together we start building a wise and other-centered style of relating built on trust.
Engaging Participation > Reciprocation > Feedback > Disclosure > Transparency > Trust
Important Note: To accomplish the foregoing requires us to have new language, new skills, new activities, and perhaps even new relationships in a “virtualosity” context (the convergence of technology, and socio-professional norms and expectations of connectedness, responsiveness, and engagement vertically and horizontally). Our ability to thrive in this environment is a function of how well we learn, unlearn, relearn, and apply what we have learned … over and over again.
“Not only does a candle not lose anything by lighting another candle, it grows brighter.”
What’s in it for me?
We understand running a business can be lonely work at times. It’s tough to survive, let alone run a company on a faith-based foundation. And who’s got your back when you’re on the battlefield? So many colleagues have said, “I don’t have anyone to talk to about this.”
When you have an entrepreneurial responsibility and you’re married, your spouse is intimately impacted by both the benefits and the problems of the business; there isn’t a business that doesn’t have problems.
We are committed to walking the talk and helping one another through thought leadership with a refreshing process of peer interaction … the intersection between work, faith, family, learning, impact and significance.
Bottom Line: As Kingdompreneurs, we are called to make a difference. And as such your perquisites are not only valuable, they are quite unique … priceless in fact:
A place of real peer fellowship, a safe haven or harbor, a place where there is comfort in personal interaction for those whose position is the lonely one (where bucks stop passing);
The opportunity for spousal participation provides unique value to your business leadership and your marriage. An opportunity to hear uncommon perspectives;
A place where time is not wasted and helpful substance is provided without organizational clutter and hassle;
Different organizational models, different denominational backgrounds, refreshing exchanges; hearing one another’s stories; a mutual, living case study process; bonding in peer education;
Becoming a better Kingdompreneur returns you to your organization as a valued Kingdom Ambassador for Christ;
Content relevant to your actual concerns, presented in a way that involves you in working through its application and implications as a part of the meeting;
Strong, interactive presentations by leaders high in the quality of their content; relaxed settings accompanied by a good meal;
An ongoing practical community bringing theory and practice together, not an academic forum for exposition of theoretical developments, nor an affinity group; and
Something life-changing that is only understood by experience and revelation.
ABCD Trust Model (Koinonia and Oikonomia)
- Able: Demonstrate Competence
- Believable: Act with Integrity
- Connected: Compassionate Care of Others
- Dependable: Maintain Reliability
Able is about demonstrating competence.
Do the leaders know how to get the job done? Are they able to produce results? Do they have the skills to make things happen, including knowing the organization and equipping people with the resources and information they need to get their job done?
Believable means acting with integrity.
Leaders have to be honest in their dealings with people. In practical terms, this means creating and following fair processes. People need to feel that they are being treated equitably. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone has to be treated the same way in all circumstances, but it does mean that people are being treated appropriately and justly based on their own unique circumstances. Believability is also about acting in a consistent, values-driven manner that reassures personnel that they can rely on their leaders.
Connected is about demonstrating compassionate care and concern for other people. It means focusing on people and identifying their needs. It is supported by good communication skills. Leaders need to openly share information about the organization and about themselves. This allows the leader to be seen as more of a real person that a direct report can identify with. When people share a little bit of information about themselves, it creates a sense of connection.
Dependable is about reliably following through on what the leaders say that they are going to do. It means being accountable for their actions and being responsive to the needs of others. If leaders promise something, they must follow through. It also requires being organized and predictable so that people can see that the leaders have things in order and are able to follow through on their promises.
Balance a sense of urgency about what is going on with a quiet confidence.
- Reevaluate your business model.
- Show action. Make decisions. Step up to the plate.
- Be honest with your employees about what you know and what you don’t.
- Over-communication is more imperative in times of uncertainty.
- Give people permission to fail. We want people to expand beyond their current levels of performance and give their all … but they have to feel safe in order to make the leap.
- Effective strategic leadership indirectly predicts organizational vitality.
- Effective operational leadership directly predicts positive passion.
- Positive passion directly predicts client devotion.
- Personal passion directly predicts organizational vitality.
- Client devotion directly predicts organizational vitality.
- One of the strongest indicators of commitment is that to the organization.
- There are many factors that cause lack of retention; leadership with relationship is NOT a driving factor.
- Organization vitality directly predicts client devotion.
- Organization vitality directly predicts passion.
- The number one reason that people leave their jobs is based on their relationship with their manager.
The High Cost of Low Trust
- Low morale
- Lower productivity
- People “quit, but stay”
- Increased turnover
The Problem: Trust Busters
- Lack of communication
- Breaking confidentiality
- Taking credit for others' work
- Give up / Quit
The Solution: Trust Builders
- Give credit/Encourage
- Set clear goals
- Be honest
- Follow through
What We Do
Leadership Behaviors that build Trust and Transparency:
- Demonstrate Trust
- Share Information
- Tell it Straight
- Provide Opportunities for everyone to Win
- Provide Feedback
- Resolve Concerns Head-on
- Admit Mistakes
- Walking the Talk
- How We Do It:
Building Leadership Transparency
- Be accessible
- Acknowledge people’s concerns
- Follow through
The “Transparency” Challenge
Everyone agrees that leaders should be open and candid in sharing information. But knowing this and acting upon it can be two different things. The challenge with transparency is to identify the behaviors that clearly define the concept. It’s important to remember that trust is in the eyes of the beholder. What does transparency mean in your organization? Should employees be getting all of the information? Who should be included in meetings? If you have been a very tight-lipped organization in the past, you are going to have to be open and candid about what you are going to do to become more ‘transparent’ in that transition before people are really going to trust the new behaviors. For leaders looking to be more upfront and authentic, three behaviors will help them to get started.
As a leader, particularly during tumultuous times, it’s important to be out in front of the organization sharing plans for the future. Don’t hide behind closed doors or delegate the important task of communicating to others. As a leader, employees look to you for information on what’s going on. That means you have to be very clear about what the plan is. “What are we going to do?”, “When does it start?”, and “How does it get implemented?” are all questions that will have to be answered.
Acknowledge that people have concerns
Once you’ve communicated the vision for the organization, you also need to take the time to listen for concerns and anxieties that people might have. Create opportunities for dialogue. This doesn’t mean coddling people … but it does mean making sure that you are listening.
If you don’t know the answer to a question immediately and say that you will get back to the individual, make sure that you do so in the promised amount of time. Keeping your word on small things demonstrates dependability and reliability that people can count on when it comes to big things. It builds credibility that you, the leader, will continue to do what you say you will.
The next steps are simple … take our Significance Self-Assessment to make sure you’re in the right place, and make your Declaration of Interest known. Please answer the questions honestly and be as transparent as possible.
There are no wrong answers. Once you have completed both forms, someone from KCT will contact you shortly.
Let the journey begin!