Counterintuitive Advice For Ministry Fundraisers During The Covid-19 Crisis

As none of us have lived through a pandemic, these are hard times. What do we do? Thankfully, we locate advice in church history from leading Christians who endured plagues, but their counsel seems counterintuitive. I’ve made a long list of points I am sharing with ministry fundraisers around the world next month in a webinar. Here are three in this post. Pray and Avoid People – Normally we say there’s nothing more important than face-to-face meetings in rallying partnership in God’s work. Right? Not now. During the plague in 1527, Martin Luther said to pray and avoid people. “Very […]

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Communicating With The Donor

Communication is the central activity of fund raising. It is the means we use to educate and help the donor to develop a clear vision for himself. There are many methods of communication that the fund raiser can use and the content of the communication depends on the fund raising strategy being adopted. In India we are very idealistic in our fund raising and assume that people give because God is moving them and that we do not need to intervene and educate the donor. Frankly this is laziness. We need to minister, then only will funds come freely, as […]

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First Steps In Ministry Fundraising

Are you ready to start fundraising for your ministry? Have you articulated your theology of resource development and communicated this internally in your organization?  Your theology and philosophy of fundraising will serve as your guidepost as you embark on this important ministry. Let’s get started, then. Board and Leadership Commitment Make sure you have everybody on board, including your board of trustees and the executive management. The commitment of the top leadership is essential to the success of ministry fundraising. Are your leaders prepared to commit resources—money, people, time, effort— needed to launch this ministry?  One such investment is a […]

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The Greatest Gift Of All

How do we develop a heart of generosity, and how do we encourage others to live generous lives, when we live in a world that so often sends such loud messages that it’s wiser to keep resources for ourselves and for those closest to us? Our minds race with thoughts such as, “What if we will need that money or those resources later? Surely difficult days will arise in the future, if we are not in the midst of them now. Isn’t it smarter to keep that money, land or resource for ourselves and those we love?” True heartfelt generosity […]

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