Jeff Van Beaver

Success requires hard work and persistence.


Acts 1:8 Ministry aims to make it easy for Christians to share their faith and provide outreach across the globe. The Planned Acts of Christian Kindness® (P.A.C.K.®) Program allows Christians to spread the love of God in an easy and non-threatening way. The organization’s primary focus is to provide free evangelism tools to care, share and connect people to Christ through Christian kindness.

Acts 1:8 Ministry has been empowering Christians around the world for nearly two decades by training them to evangelize in their communities. Since its inception, the organization has worked with over 3,200 churches, groups and individuals in all 50 states in the USA and more than 100 countries around the globe.
The outreach program provides instruction, ideas, and follow-up support for every follower of Christ to become an effective evangelist. Free resources also include Christian Kindness Cards and motivational presentations.

Acts 1:8 Ministry has helped build over 130 water wells and towers in Africa, blessing hundreds of thousands of lives with clean water. As a 100% donor-supported organization, all efforts rely on generous donors who want to help spread kindness, strengthen their faith, grow the Christian church, and enrich communities.

Where did the idea for Acts 1:8 Ministry come from?

A group of 6 guys sitting around and having beer and burgers came up with our name and in-turn core philosophy.

“When the Holy Spirit comes upon you- you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I contact at least 10 donors per day; building relationships is critical.

How do you bring ideas to life?

We test our ideas at a local church, then implement on a larger scale.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Social media can reach the world with our mission, thus allowing us to be more effective in communicating to the world.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

I believe most ministries fail because they give up to easy on the donors.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Never give up but remember to balance work and personal life as it can put a major strain on a family when you are working continually.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

A lot of ministries over-spiritualize rather than execute their plan.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Don’t give up. He or she that quits loses automatically.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Continual persistence is the key to success, making the right adjustments and continuing to execute and persist.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

As the entrepreneur, I always filled the failures. Getting the right people is the true key.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Being that Business consultant for people to start a ministry and then succeed.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

A Bike which helps me balance my life personally and professionally through exercise.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

I analyze a lot which means I work off of spreadsheets continually.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

The Bible – it has all of life’s truths.

What is your favorite quote?

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi

Key Learnings:

Success requires hard work and persistence.

Balance your personal and professional life.