Do you ever feel that fund raising is draining? Stupid question, right? Maybe the better question is: Is it possible to do fund-raising without it draining the life out of me? The answer: YES!
The next few posts are draw from a great article you can download for free by Henri Nouwen called The Spirituality of Fund-Raising.
The foundation of his teaching is in the love of God. In the love of God we find what we need, and what we can give to those in need. The nature of love is to give. Nouwen shows the common ground for the one who receives gifts and the one who gives gifts is God’s love.
Early in the article he addresses the idea of asking without fear. This can be done because of the common ground is God’s love. We can ask without fear is rooted in the fact that giving is a God-thing, not a people-thing. People only give to others as a result of the image of God in them. Without the image of God we would all be selfish (more selfish than we already are). But as His creation, made in His image, we love because of Him and giving comes from loving. So, ask without fear!
Nouwen goes on to say,
“When we have gained the freedom to ask without fear, to love fund-raising as a form of ministry, then fund-raising will be good for our spiritual life.”Wow, there is a lot to unpack from that statement.
- One: We can gain a freedom from Christ to ask without fear. How liberating!!
- Two: Did he really say LOVE fund-raising?? He did! We must see it as ministry. If I love to be included in the ministry of God, then I can love fund-raising as part of His ministry.
- Three: It will be good for me! The ‘good for me’ part is not because I get funds, but because my own spirituality needs it. He said, “good for our spiritual life.” My spirit grows in Christ as I minister for Christ. Fund-raising is ministry. Therefore, I can do it in freedom, knowing it is ministry to Christ and to others. This liberating outreach then makes me stronger in Christ.
You do not have to be drained by fund-raising!! Due to the common ground of God’s love being a giving love, you and your champion can be stronger at the end of the funding because when God is at the heart of our ministry all involved get TRANSFORMED.