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 announc-. Overview. Have you ever raised funds for your church, another organization, or a mission trip? Maybe you felt uncomfortable about asking people to donate. A Spirituality of Fundraising has ratings and 85 reviews. Eugene said: This was a sermon Nouwen gave a number of years ago and was edited into a book.
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This book is for all who are related in any way with a non-profit.
If you totally put your security in God, you can ask for as much money as your want. So it is precisely the opposite of begging.
A Spirituality of Fundraising
Secondly, fundraixing people for money is inviting them into a new communion. I am profoundly concerned about this for me and for the people with whom I live — that we do not ask out of anger.
Your trust, your basic trust, Jesus says, has to be in God. There are some gems in there and it is short enough that it is worth the read. But other than fundraisnig, it’s probably not worth reading. In any case, what this man was saying spiritually to me was, “I ask for money standing up, not bowing down, because I believe in what I am about.
The book is very short and to the point, which is good. I once met a woman who had come to Daybreak; she was very wealthy, and she was very depressed and went from one psychiatrist to another, and paid them huge fees, and my feeling was a little bit that the psychiatrist was very reluctant to heal her.
And nobody says we should love the rich less. Nov 30, Dagan Nowuen rated it it was amazing. Author profiles fujdraising not reflect author’s current employment or location. Asking for money and giving can draw us into deeper relationships with others, he believes.
A good and quite short book to read slowly and reflectively. Anyone working fundraisin ministry of any kind and especially those who raise financial support either for themselves or for their organizations will benefit from this. Because that’s where the person’s blessing is. That is the question: After all, even if you conclude that it was absolutely useless, it’s not long enough to really waste a significant amount of your time.
In a way the whole subject came up in our community because quite often, fundraising is something that happens as a response to a crisis — you don’t have enough money — you’re in trouble somewhere, and so you say, “We need some money, how are we going to get it, we have to start asking for it”.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor.
GenerosityCenter for Stewardship Leaders. Fantastic short read for anyone who fundraises in ministry. A short but sweet book that in an hour or two detailed read helped me understand fundraising for ministry as an actual spiritual discipline rather than a necessary chore before we get to the real work.
I want you to sense — right here — that what we’re talking about involves a real turnabout, a real conversion. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
It challenges people to see fundraising as an act of relationship rather than an act of necessity. So that making your resources available to us is good for you”. We are not hiding it; this is open to you.
He gave me a little money — a few thousand dollars — this happened year after year. The thoughts were actually just compilations of what Nouwen said in various speaches to development officers of non-profits and churches. The conversion that we as fundraisers need to go through to be able to ask for support without hesitation and the conversion the giver needs to go through in order to see that their giving is allowing them to partner with someone who is being their hands and feet in another country or endeavor.
A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen
If it is true that this world is full of lonely people, isolated people, then fundraising has to be community building. You’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to do as Christians. This book definitely strikes a different tone about fundraising. Fundraising must always create new, lasting relationships. The results of a Christian Century magazine survey conducted in indicate that Nouwen’s work was a first choice of authors for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy.
And this is something about which you are not supposed to be begging. So when we build the Kingdom here on earth, it is a Kingdom that will reach out beyond our own chronological existence, and if you raise funds for the creation of a community of love, you are building the Kingdom. Many rich people are very lonely. And as long as your trust is in money, you cannot be a true member of the Kingdom.
I want to speak, now, about three things: What is your security base?