I think one of the most challenging ideas for ministry leaders to wrap their mind
around is that the job of fundraising can be (and should be!) an enjoyable
part of our ministry work. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it! Fundraising
most people think of it as tedious and that it feels much too self-serving to
be enjoyable. What do you think?
is no quick fix for changing your mindset if you’re in the camp that would
rather distance yourself from the task of fundraising, but let me suggest a
place to start…
yourself daily: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!
like how Jack Welch, CEO of GE, talks about leadership in his book Winning.
He says leadership is not about you; it’s about the people who work for
goes on to say, “The day you become a leader, it becomes about them…Your job is
to walk around with a can of water in one hand and a can of fertilizer in the
other hand. Think of your team as seeds and try to build a garden. It’s about
building these people.”
is great advice for how leaders ought to relate to their staff, but consider
how this applies to our relations with believers who come alongside us giving
to and serving in the cause.
the work of fundraising be one additional way we can pour into people, helping
them grow to full maturity in Christ? Practitioners of Transformational Giving would say so.
Paul and his devotion to those he was in fellowship with. He poured into
believers so that they would grow in their faith and be presented “fully
mature in Christ.” Maturity sounds good, but what does that entail and does
giving fit anywhere in here?
Take a look
at Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. He tells them, “But
since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete
earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in
this grace of giving.” We can gather from this that things such as faith,
teaching, witnessing, studying the Bible, and concern for others are all
crucial in the life of a mature Christian, but NONE are a substitute for the grace
Paul encourage giving because he has a goal to meet for his Jerusalem fund? Is
it because he is short on funds? No. In his letter to the Philippians, we get a
glimpse of why Paul sees such value in encouraging people to give. He says, “Not
that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your
is a good and important discipline for the believer, and is reflective of
Christian maturity. Asking people to give is a good and important discipleship
activity. When you fail to recognize either of these things, you will always
look at asking as a selfish activity – a task to help you and your
ministry and never the giver, and you’ll continue to hate it.
so I say, remind yourself daily: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!