“My dear and precious friends, whom I deeply love…now arise in the fullness of your union with our Lord. My heart overflows with joy when I think of how you showed your love to me by your financial support of my ministry. I mention this not because I’m requesting a gift, but so that the fruit of your generosity may bring you an abundant reward.”  Phil 4:1,10,17

 

Attention ministry fundraisers…notice Paul’s heart:

 

1.  His foremost desire is for the people of Philippi to understand, walk in and experience their true identity, which is fullness in Christ.  This is ultimately what Paul (and God) wants for us all.  He wants us to be so unattached to the world and trying to be happy based on what we have because we are so attached to satisfaction that comes from an intimate relationship with Jesus. “I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance…because I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me…” v 11-13

 

We, too, are inviting people to detach from the false sense of security that money brings, and attach to being felt and known by Christ, which brings true fulfillment.

 

What practices help you get to this place of secure identity?  We can’t give what we haven’t experienced.  

 

2.  As Paul lived among these people, listened to and experienced community with them, a deep love was developed.  This was a process and took intentionality.  He recognized these generous givers with his pen and his words.  He noticed, named and acknowledged their sacrifice.  He realized growing relationally with his givers was an important part of his ministry, and he gave ample time to it.   “For even though you have so little, you still continue to help me at every opportunity.” v 10

 

How do you see fundraising as ministry?  

 

3.  Paul knows that when people release their money into God’s hands to do God’s work, they will be rewarded.  He isn’t saying desire for reward is to be our primary motivation, but he is not hesitant to talk about the rewards of giving either.  And there are many—freedom from the bondage of “keeping up with the Jones’”,  seeing hungry stomachs filled, lives released from addiction, marriages transformed.  Not to mention the feel good endorphins released in our brains!

 

Know that when you ask people for funds to fuel your God given ministry, their lives will be better.  Simply put, it’s good for people to give!  And you are giving them this opportunity, for which they will thank you.

 

This is the stuff great relationships and effective fundraising are made of, mutual edification!  For the giver and the fundraiser.

 

Your friend in ministry,

Beth

Questions? Contact me anytime!

Beth Bennett, Director of Coaching

bbennett@ministryventures.org

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