A few years in the past, my husband and I have been within the thick of fundraising for our church plant. We have been a couple of months away from launching, and it appeared we spent all our time writing letters and thank-you notes, and organizing gatherings the place we’d invite folks to put money into our church.
Our scenario going into fundraising was not supreme, in that we have been in a little bit of a time crunch. Our New York condo was too small for a house-church assembly, so we would have liked to hire assembly house proper from the start. We didn’t wish to delay our launch, as a result of we feared we’d lose the individuals who’d already indicated curiosity in our church, most of whom have been latest arrivals to Manhattan.
Since there’s a finite variety of hours in per week (168 to be exact), the time we spent on fundraising was time we couldn’t spend on the opposite elements of church planting. Constructing donor relationships takes time away from investing in relationships with unbelievers or potential church members. I bear in mind saying to God, “Wouldn’t it be more efficient if a wealthy Christian gave us the money we needed in a lump sum? We want to concentrate on ministry, but raising money is swallowing all our time!”
Two years later, we nonetheless spend vital time on fundraising. Our church possible received’t be self-sustaining for some time, so we keep in common contact with the numerous trustworthy Christians around the globe who present the funds that enable us to pay the payments. We write month-to-month prayer emails, ship out an end-of-year fundraising letter, and do our half to maintain the submit workplace in enterprise via mailing thank-you notes. However I now not view this a part of ministry as a distraction from the actual work. As a substitute, I’ve come to understand that on a regular basis we’ve spent fundraising has constructed a community of deeply dedicated prayer warriors for our fledgling church.
Your Coronary heart Follows Your Treasure
Within the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructed his followers that as an alternative of constructing earthly investments, they need to retailer up treasure in heaven. He supplied two causes: (1) No earthly treasure is secure, and (2) “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21).
Making heavenly investments helps us set our hearts on the life to come back. However that’s not all that Jesus means. Once you make a sacrificial monetary reward to a piece of God on earth, you care about what occurs to that work. You wish to see it flourish and multiply. And so that you pray for it.
If we hadn’t wanted to boost cash, we nonetheless would’ve tried to boost prayer help. We might’ve requested folks to commit to hope for us, and fairly a couple of would’ve checked that field. However would they’ve prayed with equal dedication in the event that they hadn’t additionally put their cash the place their prayers have been? In lots of circumstances, I think they wouldn’t. You don’t have to present financially to take an curiosity in somebody’s ministry, however in case you again them along with your cash, your coronary heart is extra more likely to be with them of their work.
When Extra Pray, Extra Reward
When extra folks give to your ministry, main extra folks to hope for it, then extra folks will give God glory when he solutions prayer. The apostle Paul motivated the church at Corinth to present to different church buildings. How? By telling them of the thanksgiving to come back:
You can be enriched in each method to be beneficiant in each means, which via us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service isn’t solely supplying the wants of the saints however can be overflowing in lots of thanksgivings to God. (1 Cor. 9:11–12)
Every time God works via our church and gives for us, a number of individuals get to have a good time. The supporters who’ve adopted our ongoing wants and needs acknowledge the solutions to their prayers. And thanksgiving overflows.
We’re Not the Solely Sacrificers
When God referred to as us into church planting, we needed to entrust our monetary future to him. Most church vegetation don’t have the means to offer issues like medical insurance and retirement advantages for his or her pastors. However we weren’t the one ones who made monetary sacrifices.
At the beginning of fundraising, in case you’d requested me the place the vast majority of our funds would come from, I’d’ve rattled off a couple of names of people that had the means to present massive presents. I’d’ve been mistaken. A few of these folks did give generously to our church, however a number of of our largest presents have from people who find themselves not financially well-off. Every time we obtain donations from folks I do know will really feel the pinch of their generosity, I’m stuffed with pleasure to know that another person considers this work price sacrificing for.
If one rich donor had written us an enormous test a few years in the past, we might’ve had extra time for ministry. However we might’ve missed out on the blessing of figuring out that we aren’t alone in church planting. A band of intercessors has poured their treasure into our little church, and so they maintain it of their hearts.