The TRUTH about Christian Fundraising
Christian fundraising is a subject in which most do not fully understand. In fact, even those that have fundraised for years for their Christian projects probably don’t understand it and quite possible are doing it wrong. In this quick blog post I want to go through not only some of the myths about Christian fundraising but also display some of the truths.
Some people believe there is no reason for Christian Fundraising. They say it’s a bad practice and not even remotely Biblical. However those people have a very skewed idea about what exactly Christian fundraising is. It’s quite possible they didn’t even realize that Jesus himself fundraised, or that even the apostles specifically mentioned it. Notice the last verse of the passage below; these women provided for Jesus.
“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.” – LUKE 8:1-3 ESV
Some well-intentioned Christians who are in desperate need of Christian Fundraising say they are simply waiting on God to provide everything. Waiting on God is very important, however nowhere in the Bible, or in basic human logic, leads us to believe that we are create to simply do nothing while we wait. Many times throughout our lives God will make us a promise and while we wait on that promise we are to continue putting our hands to work.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3 ESV
A few years ago I was preparing to go on a mission trip. Everyone was told they needed to fundraise a certain amount to go, and if not they couldn’t. The rules were pretty simple and I took it heart. While many of the others spent their time playing games and having fun: I was in the office writing support letters, calling donors, and most importantly praying.
One of the people in particular would always try to get me to watch a movie or hang out with them. When I said no, because I needed to work, her response was “Chris you don’t need to work so hard God will provide for it just wait and see.” When the time came for the trip some couldn’t go because they didn’t have the funds. That same person came to me asking for me to share some of the money I had personally raised through my many hours of effort. My response was a very clear NO.
You might think it’s heartless but I had my reasons. My donors gave their hard earned money because they believed in my character and the reasons I told them I would be using the funds. I intended to keep every promise to my donors. If I gave away their money, it would have been wasted on someone who didn’t even understand basic Kingdom principles. Instead the extra money was saved to finance the next trip without adding an extra burden to my future supporters.
“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23 ESV
The TRUTH about Christian Fundraising
The truth about Christian Fundraising is very simple. It is Biblical and it is necessary for building and advancing the Kingdom of our God. What probably has been one of the biggest hindrances in people’s mindset is how they perceive the funds being used.
I will be the first to openly admit MANY times Christian fundraising is being done both inappropriately and selfishly. Some only want to fundraise for the sole intent of having money. Raising money without a purpose is, in my opinion, selfish gain. Now am I saying ministers do not deserve a wage? No, of course I am NOT saying that. Let’s look at what the Bible says about that.
“In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.” – 1 Corinthians 9:14
Paulo clearly believes and is repeating a message preached by Jesus just a mere few years before. The Lord does provide for his servants. The Lord uses people like you and me to provide for their needs. Our God is a good God and many times He gives good gifts to his children.
What I am saying is when you are about to give or donate to a particular cause; use prayerful caution. Before I donate to any ministry or Church I first pray about it. I know first-hand how difficult it is to earn money and I will never give to something I do not believe in. If the Lord leads me, I will open my wallet and give whatever is being asked. However on the same token, If I am not being led and I don’t believe the person is using the funds appropriately I will frankly tell the person no and then state my reasons as to why.
“For the Scripture says, ‘Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,’ and ‘The worker deserves his wages.'” – 1 Timothy 5:18
Remember the Bible when discussing these topics many times calls the minister a “worker”. That word shouldn’t be taken lightly. If all the person is doing is sending Facebook messages or emails and considering that ministry – then I can clearly tell you to IGNORE them. If all the person is doing is using the funds for personal gain – tell them to get a job. However, if that person is sincere and devoted to the Gospel I would ask you to consider partnering with them to fulfill the call of God on their life.
There were many years when Lay Me Down Ministry, and myself couldn’t have survived without faithful partners. We worked very hard and sacrificed more than most to accomplish the vision laid out before us. I know first-hand how difficult it is to fundraise. After years in fulltime ministry I can tell you this: If God is calling you to do something He will provide it, however you better be willing to work for it as well.
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