Raising Money

Brad M. Griffin | Jul 7, 2010

I dont know about you, but I get uncomfortable when people talk about raising money for ministry. It raises my heart rate. It rubs me the wrong way.

Maybe its because those wordsraising moneyget it all wrong. When the focus is on the bottom linegetting cashwe miss a host of opportunities. We miss the opportunity to cultivate a relationship with donors that honors their humanity as much as their gift. We miss the opportunity to connect kids who are served with the generosity and sometimes sacrificial offering represented by those gifts. And we miss the opportunity to deepen our faith by trusting God and others to be in the process.

I appreciate the way Larry Acosta shares about fund development relationships in this workshop were sharing in this months E-Journal. Its an hour and a half of listening, but it will be time well spent if any part of your job is related to giving, asking for, or receiving money for ministry.

And Im curious to know: What words and images help you get beyond the stigma of raising money in ways that make you and others feel more connected?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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