The fundraiser as servant is a countercultural notion. In a world that values money more than everything else, it is a short jump to say that if we make more money, give more money, or raise more money, then we are more valuable and have more power. Servant fundraisers—or servant fundraising boards or committees—recognize this illusion and make decisions to counteract it. Fundraising may be a mission-critical role for a faith community or organization, but it is not more important than any other role.
—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
Where do you observe people living in a countercultural way of service? Join the conversation.
“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
—Mark 10:45 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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“Lord, stir us up to holy action,” cries Rally, spurring people to compassionately continue the important work of loving God and neighbor until all of God’s people feel safe and seen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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