7 Questions About Fund Raising
1. Do you believe in asking people to be involved in what God has asked you to do? This is a serious question!
Some people are embarrassed, or almost apologetic to ask people for money. It seems like they don’t want my involvement, or they don’t believe that what they are doing is enough to invite others to be involved.
Some don’t believe in asking for money for ministry. That’s a theological issue. I happen to believe “you have not because you ask not”. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive so that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24) Some people have the spiritual gift of giving. They want to be involved. Some people are afraid they will be rejected and lose a friend.
2. Are you giving to your own ministry?
I am not talking about giving your time or driving your car, or taking a low salary. I’m talking about spending your own money to help do what God has asked you to do. If you don’t give to your own ministry, why should I? Do you give money anywhere?
3. What did you do with all those Christmas cards? Business cards? Names to which you have access?
That becomes your contact list. Those are people interested in you for some reason. Give them a chance to be involved with you in ministry. It is a way to have a powerful witness before them by showing them what is important to you.
4. Can you explain what you do in one sentence?
I know you and will probably give because I know you. I have some friends that may be interested. What is it exactly that you do? How can I explain that in one sentence without getting confused?
5. Can you tell me how this money will be spent?
What will happen because of my gift? How much of my money is spent on other things? Do you know? Who do I give to and how much do they keep before you get it?
6. Is it easy to give to you?
What do I need to get involved financially? I don’t want to go somewhere to do it, or get on a mailing list, or get phone calls from people I don’t know. I just want to be involved with you… what do I do?
7. So, why not give your friends a chance to be involved with you in ministry? It gives them the opportunity to be a part of building His Kingdom.
Contributed by Ron Cline, USA 2012