Four Reasons to Love Fundraising
And Why I Would Consider Leaving Staff if We Didn't Have to...
One thing that would cause me to consider leaving Navigator staff is if we were no longer required to raise funds to minister.
Fundraising is strategic to ministry. It creates a heart-tie between our ministry partners, our ministry, and us. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (nkjv). No other way will people connect as strongly to our ministry than through giving. And, inviting people to give to God’s work raises people up in their spiritual walk. How?
Fundraising is vision casting. When we tell others in a clear, compelling Christ-centered way what God is doing in our ministry, people can be challenged and encouraged in their own faith. People are the focus of fundraising, not money. Yet money often follows a strong vision in which others are invited to partner. Many people invest financially in God’s work because they want to be part of something significant and eternal.
Fundraising is team building. Determine what you love about being a Navigator, and then use that as your launching point for fundraising. For example, if you love meeting with people, then view fundraising as opportunities to meet with people. If you like telling stories of God’s transforming work in people’s lives, then view fundraising as that. Fundraising brings people along with you in ministry. You’re creating a team of people who are invested in God’s work, not a list of givers.
Fundraising is ministering to people. The focus of this point flows in two directions: to your ministry partners and to the people involved in your ministry. Caring for the people who invest financially in your ministry is a special privilege. And discipling the people involved in your ministry is also an important responsibility. Do you teach about money and giving? Are you helping them learn biblical principles about finances?
Fundraising is strategically essential to advancing the Gospel. People are motivated and inspired to give to people they know and to their areas of passion (e.g., campus work, inner-city children). Inviting people into financial partnership with us as partners or stakeholders gives them a place of significance in fulfilling the Great Commission. Giving is as important as going.
Let’s check our attitude about funding. If in our hearts and minds we dislike it, let’s ask the Spirit to transform our attitude. If we verbalize disdain about it, let’s stop. We must learn to love what God asks us to do. And He never asks us to do things that aren’t a blessing to us. We just need to see fundraising—and ourselves—through His eyes.