FUNDRAISING is a subject we seldom think about from a spiritual perspective. We may think of fundraising as a necessary but unpleasant activity to support spiritual things. Or we might believe that fundraising reflects a failure to plan well or to trust enough that God will provide for all our needs. Indeed, quite often fundraising is a response to a crisis. Suddenly our organization or faith community does not have enough money, so we begin to say: “How are we going to get the money we need? We have to start asking for it.” Then we realize that we are not used to doing this. We may feel awkward and a little embarrassed about it. We begin to worry and wonder: “Who will give us money? How will we ask them?” …
From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission. Vision and mission are so central to the life of God’s people that without vision we perish and without mission we lose our way.
—Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball
A Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition
From page 24 of A Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition by Henri J. M. Nouwen and Nathan Ball. Copyright © 2019 by The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What other “unpleasant” or simple activities might we view as meaningful ministry if we look at them from a spiritual perspective? Share your thoughts.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
—Colossians 3:2, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
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