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Through Fundraising We Work Together for the Full Coming of God’s Kingdom

“Fundraising is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful, and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possesses, we work together for the full coming of God’s kingdom.” (Nouwen, p. 60) Always remember that fundraising is not an auxiliary program of […]

Fundraising is a Life-Giving, Hope-Filled Expression of Ministry

“How do we become people who security base is God and God alone?” “How do we move from perceiving fundraising as an unpleasant but unavoidable activity to recognizing fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry?” (Nouwen, p. 55) Fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry is what only can be achieved when we […]

Fundraising Must Increase the Significance of the Organization

“In the world, those who raise funds must show potential donors a strategic plan that convinces donors their money will help to increase the productivity and success of the organization” (Nouwen, p. 51) Fundraising success must also translate into increased significance in Christ-centered ministry. Success is simply not enough. Ultimately it must express itself in […]

Insight 115: FaithSoaring Churches Have a Greater Involvement of Laity

Broad-based ownership of transformation by laity in a congregation empowers transition and change that may lead to transformation not only in the short-term, but also in the long-term. Narrow ownership of transformation by laity may lead to short-term transition and change, but not long-term transformation. Transformation is often staff-initiated. This can be very good. One […]

Fundraising Must Create New, Lasting Relationships

“We have something to offer–friendship, prayer, peace, love, fidelity, affection, ministry with those in need–and these things are so valuable that people are willing to make their resources available to sustain them. Fundraising must always aim to create new, lasting relationships.” (Nouwen, p. 50) Fundraising must involve long-term meaningful relationships where the donor can participate […]

Insight 114: FaithSoaring Churches Affirm Long Pastorates

Transforming congregations affirm long pastorates. They support their leaders and see the transformation of congregations as having ups and downs for which no one person is to blame or should get the credit. They feel accountable for contributing to transition and change processes. It appears obvious congregations who change pastors every three to five years […]