Biblical Stewardship and Fundraising

Biblical stewardship provides the paradigm for Christian fundraisers. It begins with the acknowledgement that God who created all things is also the owner and provider of all that we need, including the resources to fund his kingdom work. What a liberating thought! My conversion to biblical stewardship set me free as a fundraiser. As development director of the seminary where I was working I used to think about the money I had to raise before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning. The burden of raising the money felt heavily on my shoulders until I […]

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Biblical Stewardship: The Foundation of All Generosity

Generosity is the overflow of the stewardship mindset that says God owns it all and I am only a steward of the resources in my hands, including my life. This truth has far-reaching implications in the way we live our lives and use the resources entrusted to us including money, possessions, our work, our business, and everything else we got. God bestows material blessing to his people in order that they can help those who have less in this life. Giving and sharing liberate God’s people from hoarding material things and loving mammon. If we train ourselves to give away […]

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Faith and Fundraising

Recently, I was asked to review a book, Keeping Faith in Fundraising, by Peter Harris and Rod Wilson. So, when asked to write on faith and fundraising, I thought of that book. The authors aimed not at writing a how-to manual for Christ-followers; instead, they challenged readers to think about “why” fundraising looks different or should be different for us. With a similar aim, I want to invite Christians everywhere to consider three thoughts related to the “why” of fundraising. The world says you are the fundraiser for the ministry you serve. When we integrate faith and fundraising, we realize […]

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Ten Key Principles for Fundraising

Fundraising is not about raising money.  It’s about meeting needs and bringing about change. People give to people, not to organizations or even causes.  Fundraising is a people business.  Personal requests work best.  Fund development is people development. Friend-making comes before fundraising. Open their hearts. Then open their minds. Then open their cheque books. Communicate need, to bring the problem to the donor. Set clear targets. Communicate your goals to your donors. Communicate action and success to encourage full involvement. Know how much to ask each prospect for, and when. The most important two words are thank you.  Acknowledge every donation with a friendly, […]

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Raising Support in Honor-Shame Cultures : 5 Tips

See the original article here As the global Church expands, there is a growing need for money to fund ministry. The Church in Asia, Africa, and Latin America has a vision for global missions, and this vision requires financial resources. Traditional fund-raising models are often rooted in a white, Western cultural context, so might not suitably fund ministries in the rest of the World. These 5 tips could help with fund-raising in honor-shame cultures. These are just some ideas, not gaurantees. 1. Address “beggar’s shame” Even in the West where missionaries are generally esteemed, asking for support can sometimes feel like […]

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Don’t Be So Logical

“I’m a student.” “I don’t yet have a good job.” “I’ve got debt.” “I need to establish myself first.” “I have ____ to pay for and ____ to save for.” These are familiar and logical reasons people have for not giving financially to the church – both the institutional church and the broader work of God.  Logical, yes, but God isn’t logical.  In fact, the kingdom of God is very often the opposite of what we would expect. I want to draw our attention to an encounter Jesus has in Luke 12:13-21.  A man asks Jesus to tell the man’s […]

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Global Collaboration

At the Stewardship Summit 2017 at Phoenix Seminary back in January, Ms. Barbara Shantz and I shared a top-ten list of challenges that nationals face associated with promoting biblical stewardship and Christian generosity in their respective countries. In this post, I’d like to elaborate on the challenge that I reported linked to the USA and how we are learning to address it at ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). Too Little Ethnic Diversity The phrase “too little ethnic diversity” summarizes the biggest challenge I see with regard to stewardship and generosity efforts in the USA. Don’t read this as a negative assessment. It’s […]

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The Fundraiser’s Six Rights

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting in the Lord means safety – Proverbs 29:25 Rejection, feeling as a beggar, or causing harm to a friendship are just some of the thoughts and fears we struggle with as a fundraiser.  We often ask ourselves what will be the donor’s reaction when I ask them for money.  We worry about how they will see me as a person and respond.  Whether we have experience in fundraising and many stories of success, or we are just starting out, these fears and conversations in our thoughts have happened or will happen. The […]

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Teaching Generosity to Children

Cart, Meet Horse. Givers often ask, “How can I teach my children about generosity?” I have a few thoughts that involve a Risk game board, $400, and a few plane tickets. But first things first. The question isn’t really “How do we pass generosity to our children?” The question is “How do we pass the life-giving Gospel of Jesus to our children?” Once they grasp the Gospel, they can’t help but become givers. Through Generosity Path, I am blessed to serve wealthy Christians from all over the world. These givers ask how to disciple their children in generosity. I asked my […]

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Telling Your Story

Fund Raising is all about telling our story in a manner that grips the people’s imagination. It needs to create excitement and thrill in the hearer. This obviously should not be manufactured, and needs to be a part of our organization. That means the same story needs to be with every member of the team so that they have the same excitement in all that they do. The organizations activity is not the story, nor are testimonies the story, but the pain of the people that is being addressed by the organization is the story. What is the specific suffering […]

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